Stocks Climb on Profits, Housing News

Hewlett-Packard reported 30% higher first-quarter earnings. January housing starts beat expectations by a wide margin

Stocks pushed higher in the final hour Thursday, as investors digested solid high-tech earnings reports and a flurry of economic news. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments to the Senate, like his testimony before the House Wednesday, yielded no surprises, says Standard & Poor's MarketScope.

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