Stocks Inch Higher on Earnings, Data

Investors digested a narrower-than-expected trade gap and solid profits from Circuit City, while Treasury yields neared multi-year highs

Stocks finished modestly higher Wednesday, as a smaller-than-expected trade deficit and some upbeat earnings reports outweighed higher Treasury yields. Near-term oversold conditions and generally bullish earnings sentiment supported equities, says Standard & Poor's MarketScope.

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