NEW YORK - (AP) - Stocks rose by the close of the trading day as investors latched onto some small signs that the economy might notbe headed into another recession.

Fewer Americans joined the unemployment line last week, and atechnology bellwether said revenue could grow faster this quarterthan analysts expected. The news is pushing down prices onlong-term Treasurys down, and gold is down from its record high.

The Dow Jones industrial average is up 423 points Thursday, or3.9 percent, to 11,143. It's the first time the Dow has ever hadfour straight 400-point days.

The S&P 500 is up 51, or 4.6 percent, to 1,173. The Nasdaq is up111, or 4.7 percent, to 2,493. All three major U.S. stock indexesare down at least 1.6 percent for the week.

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