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The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):
Year-end profits get boost from strong fourth quarter.
Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, another sign the U.S. job market remains healthy.
The owner of a since-shuttered Pittsburgh record store has pleaded guilty to using heroin addicts to shoplift books, videos, and other products that he then resold online.
U.S. stocks edging higher in late morning trading Thursday, keeping major market indexes at record highs. Banks, technology and materials companies are leading the way higher. Defense contractors and other industrial companies are taking losses. Bond yields rose.