An encouraging earnings forecast from UPS and stronger manufacturing figures gave the stock market its sixth straight advance.
The gains Thursday were modest following a surprise increase in the number of newly laid off people seeking unemployment benefits.
A survey of rural bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states shows signs of promise amid the prolonged financial weakness in the agriculture industry.
The overall index for the Rural Mainstreet economic report released late Thursday fell to 44.2 in April from 47.4 in March. The April 2009 index was 21.7.
April 16, 2010
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