Stocks Finish Slightly Higher

The major indexes got a small lift from some short covering and bargain hunting

Stocks finished with small gains Thursday on a late wave of buying as investors hunted for bargains or covered short positions. The major indexes struggled early in the session, with the Dow briefly trading below the 10,000 mark, as investors fretted about an increasingly unclear outlook for corporate earnings. A rise in oil prices back above $41 added to the market's bearish tone.

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