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RELIEF BRINGS RECORDS

A pair of key U.S. markets hit all-time highs Thursday as Wall Street put the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis behind it and shifted its focus to corporate earnings.

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Thursday's close for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 2.18 points. American Express and Verizon rose the most in the Dow after reporting earnings that beat expectations from financial analysts. The index of 30 big U.S. companies was held back by declines in IBM, Goldman Sachs and UnitedHealth.

Now that the U.S. has avoided the possibility of default, at least for a few months, earnings news is expected to dominate trading for the next couple of weeks.

Associated Press

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Thursday's record close for the Standard & Poor's 500 index, rising 11.61 points on the day.

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Thursday's record close for the Russell 2000, which is made up of primarily smaller, riskier companies. The index has risen nearly 30 percent this year.

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