Stocks Finish Higher

Led by tech shares, the major indexes edged up again to new highs for the year, ahead of Friday's employment report

Stocks finished with small gains Thursday -- sending to the major averages to another new high for the year -- on a busy day for economic data releases. Broad gains in technology stocks continues to be the main market theme, notes Standard & Poor's MarketScope. In particular, the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index rose 2.5%. Meanwhile, weakness in pharmaceuticals and financials held back the S&P 500.

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