Stocks Finish Higher

An optimistic report on economic conditions from the Federal Reserve sparked an end-of-session rally

Stocks finished higher Wednesday, continuing the week's trend of late-session rallies, after an optimistic Beige Book report from the Federal Reserve lifted the markets out of the doldrums. Wednesday also brought several strong earnings announcements from several heavyweights, unexpectedly higher durable goods orders, and record new home sales.

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