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A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health rose in September, data showed on Thursday.
The U.S. manufacturing sector slowed to its lowest rate of growth since July, while a gauge of new orders hit its lowest level since January.
Slightly more Americans claimed jobless benefits last week, but the overall number stayed within view of recent lows.
Billionaire Mark Cuban offered advice to the Republican Party: "Stay completely out of social issues."
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