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US stocks close mixed on lacklustre earnings

Published on Feb 14, 2013 5:57 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - A collection of lacklustre earnings reports and in-line economic data capped US stock gains on Wednesday, with the markets gaining no bump - or loss - from President Barack Obama's key policy speech.

At the closing bell the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 36.10 points (0.26 per cent) at 13,982.60.

The broad-based S&P 500 edged up 0.89 (0.06 per cent) to 1,520.32, barely extending a five-year high reached on Tuesday.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite climbed 10.39 points (0.33 per cent) to 3,196.88.

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