Stocks Finish Higher

After a day of mixed trading, bulls led the way to a late-day stock rally

Stocks rallied into the close Wednesday, finishing higher as oil prices sell. The lack of selling interest tied to Hurricane Katrina attracted buyers to move in late in the day, says Standard & Poor's MarketScope. The second-quarter U.S. GDP report came in weaker than expected. Insurance and retail stock groups were weaker, while construction groups and others that could benefit from the effort to repair hurricane damage were higher.

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