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Trader Robert McQuade works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Investors continue to worry about the economy and the growing possibility of a government shutdown. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Trader Robert McQuade works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Investors continue to worry about the economy and the growing possibility of a government shutdown. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(AP) Upbeat news on employment is lifting stocks at midday, breaking a five-day losing streak for the Standard & Poor's 500 index.


The S&P 500 index gained four points to 1,696 at 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40 points to 15,313. The Nasdaq climbed 21 points to 3,782.


Unemployment claims fell close to their lowest level in six years last week, the government says.


The Dow and S&P 500 have fallen five consecutive days, spooked by the prospect of a government shutdown. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress this week that the Treasury's ability to borrow funds will be exhausted Oct. 17.


Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.17, or 4 percent, to $77.38. The retailer said Wednesday that its quarterly profit increased 11 percent.


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