Stocks End Sharply Higher

Signs of progress on the Iraq front spurred the strongest rally this year in heavy trading

Stocks posted their biggest gains thus far in 2003 Thursday in heavy-volume trading as the White House said it might wait until next week to seek a U.N. resolution on Iraq to fully disarm or face war. Meanwhile, reports that Iraqi troops were talking to the CIA about possibly surrendering rather than facing U.S. forces suggests that a war might be a quick ordeal.

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