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U.S. Stocks Rise as S&P 500 Completes Longest Rally Since April

U.S. stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index completing the longest weekly rally since April, as better-than-estimated earnings at technology companies overshadowed an unexpected drop in consumer confidence.

Oracle Corp., the second-largest software maker, surged 8.4 percent after earnings beat estimates. Research In Motion Ltd. rose a fifth straight day, the longest streak since December, after the BlackBerry maker’s forecast topped analysts’ projections. Caterpillar Inc. and Deere & Co. jumped at least