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Stock Prices Edge Higher

The stock market advanced Friday in an abbvreviated session which saw the Nasdaq Composite Index reach a record close.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up nearly 19 points, and gainers led decliners by seven-to-six. About 259 million shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Nasdaq Composite Index climbed nearly 31 points for a record close and and the Standard & Poor 500 Index was up 5.5.

The market closed three hours early Friday, as part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. For the four-session week (markets were closed Thanksgiving Day), the Dow Industrials gained about 173 points.

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