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The Dow rose sharply on Thursday after the government reported the economy grew at a surprisingly robust clip in the second quarter and oil prices eased.
Stocks advanced Thursday after second-quarter GDP was revised to show growth was more robust than first thought and oil receded to around $116 a barrel after earlier topping $120.
Futures popped about 6 points at 8:30am ET, as preliminary second quarter GDP of 3.3 percent seems to have ended talk of a "formal" recession. MBIA up 17 percent pre-open, as it agreed to reinsure $184 billion of municipal bond risk from FGIC (its competitor). MBIA gets $741 million in premiums. Ambak up 13 percent in sympathy. And retailers continue to report very mixed results.
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This has been a raucous legal quarter for online auction house eBay: filing suit against Craigslist, where it owns a 28 percent stake in that company; eBay stock has fallen about 13 percent since its last report; 20 percent since the beginning of the year.
EBay scored a major court victory Monday when a federal judge ruled that Tiffany had failed to prove the online auctioneer was responsible for the sale of fake Tiffany jewelry on its site.
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If the jobs report and other data confirm the past week's decent numbers and if oil doesn't throw a wrench in the works, stocks could start June on a strong note.
Oil dominated the news again during the week, though crude prices fell back for a change. Economic data also moved the markets, which finished up for the week.
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Stocks closed higher, led by technology shares, ending the a holiday-shortened week in the positive.
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