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Stocks got off to a good start Thursday and held onto their gains, carving out a modest increase for the second day in a row. During a relatively slow week, stock investors drew encouragement from some positive news on the economy and housing.

The Conference Board said its index of leading economic indicators posted a solid gain in April. The gauge provided more evidence that growth strengthened after a severe winter slowed business.

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