Stocks Finish Modestly Higher

The Dow was led higher by Altria and the Nasdaq eked out a small gain despite cautious comments from leading technology names

Stocks finished with modest gains on Thursday. The Dow was led by strength in cigarette maker Altria (MO ), while the Nasdaq shrugging off cautious comments from Internet search engine Google (GOOG ) and chipmaker Applied Materials (AMAT ). A fall in oil prices below $46 a barrel bolstered equities.

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