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Stocks edge higher at the start of another major week for corporate earnings

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NEW YORK — Stocks are closing higher as more U.S. companies report first-quarter earnings.

Investors were also encouraged by an increase in an index designed to predict future economic growth.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 file photo, trader Joseph Lawler, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks were mixed Monday, April 21, 2014, in light trading after Japan reported a record annual trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and South Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 file photo, trader Joseph Lawler, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks were mixed Monday, April 21, 2014, in light trading after Japan reported a record annual trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and South Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Halliburton rose 3 percent after the oil exploration company posted a profit for the first quarter, bouncing back from a loss in the same period a year ago. Toy maker Hasbro rose 2 percent after its earnings came in higher than analysts were expecting.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose seven points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 1,871 Monday.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,449. The Nasdaq composite rose 26 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,121.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.72 percent.

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