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U.S. stocks rise after mixed economic news


WASHINGTON — The mixed economic signals driving the stock market's record-setting swings this week keep coming. On Friday, conflicting reports on retail sales and consumer sentiment sent the Dow up, then down, then up again.

By early afternoon, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 162 points. It had been up more than 150 points early Friday after a government report consumers spent more on autos, furniture and gasoline in July, pushing up retail sales by the largest amount in four months. But the Dow briefly turned negative after a dismal survey on consumers' feelings about their pers...

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