NEW YORK (AP) — Upbeat news about jobs and the retail industry has helped stocks snap their longest losing streak of the year.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose three points to close at 1,695 Thursday, the index's first positive day after five consecutive loses. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 38 points to 15,311. The Nasdaq composite climbed 20 points to end at 3,781.
Unemployment claims fell close to their lowest level in six years last week, the government reported Thursday.
A pair of big retailers also delivered encouraging news.
Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.25, or 4 percent, to $77.47 after its quarterly profit increased 11 percent.
J.C. Penney Co., whose shares have been tumbling toward 13-year lows on worries about its business, said it is pleased with its turnaround efforts.
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Tempers flared Wednesday night at the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education meeting as the firestorm over teacher evaluations and student testing continues.
An Albuquerque man says an emergency vet clinic turned away his dying dog because he didn't have enough cash in his pocket to pay to save him. The dog later died.
Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday in the final sentencing phase of John McCluskey's federal murder trial. The same jury that convicted him of killing an Oklahoma couple, must now decide whether McCluskey should face the death penalty.
Meeting 211 goes to the University of New Mexico Lobos. The Lobos and New Mexico State renewed their rivalry on a basketball court Wednesday night with the Lobos winning 79 to 70.
MMA fighter Holly Holm has more than a fight to talk about this week. Holm also has a major sponsor in her corner.
University of New Mexico senior defender Kyle Venter is one of 15 semifinalist for the Mac Hermann Trophy. The award is the highest individual honor in college soccer.