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US stocks gain, some citing Romney boost

Published on Oct 5, 2012 6:52 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) stocks extended their gains on Thursday with some analysts crediting Mr Mitt Romney's strong presidential debate performance against Mr Barack Obama for the surge.

Gains were evenly spread through sectors, with trade strongest in Bank of America, which gained 3.29 per cent, and Apple, which lost 0.7 per cent.

At the closing bell, the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 80.75 points (0.60 per cent) at 13,575.36.

The broad-based S&P 500 added 10.41 points (0.72 per cent) at 1,460.40, and the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite gained 14.23 (0.45 per cent) to 3,149.46.

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