Stocks Finish Mixed

Short covering ahead of Friday's CPI report helps the major indexes recover

Stocks barely budged on Thursday, as the market recovered in the afternoon, likely reflecting short covering ahead of the consumer price index (CPI) release tomorrow morning, says Standard & Poor's MarketScope. A jump in the 10-year Treasury yield to 4.50% just before noon had pressured the indices, as investors worried about inflation and higher interest rates.

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