Stocks Edge Higher as Budget Talks Move Ahead
Published: Thursday, November 29th 2012
(AP) — Optimism that a budget deal will be reached in Washington helped lift the stock market in early Thursday trading. A pair of economic reports also brightened the mood. A half-hour after the opening bell, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 50 points at 13,034. UnitedHealth Group led the 30 stocks in the Dow, rising 66 cents to $53.43.