U.S. stocks edged up at the open Wednesday, working to end 2014 on an upbeat note, with solid yearly gains. The S&P 500 rose 3 points, or 0.2%, to 2,084, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 32 points, or 0.2%, to 18,015 -- climbing back above the 18,000 mark after closing under it Tuesday. Before the open, a worse-than-expected figure for weekly jobless claims didn't hurt sentiment much, with stock futures staying in positive territory after that figure. For the year, the S&P is on pace for a gain of 12.7%, while the Dow is up 8.7%. Read a full story here.
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