NEW YORK, N.Y. - Stocks are closing slightly higher on Wall Street after encouraging reports on the U.S. economy.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 16 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 14,840 Thursday.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose three points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,638. The Nasdaq composite rose 26 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 3,620.
The government raised its estimate for U.S. economic growth in the April-through-June quarter to 2.5 per cent from 1.7 per cent. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits also continued to decline.
Verizon rose after Vodafone confirmed it was in talks to sell Verizon its stake in their U.S. joint venture, Verizon Wireless.
Two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was light at 2.5 billion shares.
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