The stock market squeezed out gains as traders struggled to push
indices into positive territory for the first time in six days.
Although equities continued to be plagued by the deadlock in
Congress, investors shrugged off threats of a shutdown by House
Speaker John Boehner and put their money back in the market
following a small decline in initial jobless claims and dovish
comments from Fed officials Stein and Kocherlakota.
Stocks were also aided by falling Treasury yields -- which have
dropped close to 10 basis points since the beginning of the week --
as well as technical support for the Dow Industrial at the 50 day
moving average of 15,293.
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