Stocks Move Higher on Earnings

U.S. stocks finished with strong gains Thursday as better-than-expected earnings reports lured buyers back into the market after two days of losses. Earnings from Dow components McDonald's (MCD), 3M (MMM), and AT&T (T), along with a better than expected report from regional bank PNC Financial (PNC) helped to fuel Thursday's rally, offsetting a mixed bag of economic news on jobless claims, leading indicators and home prices.

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