Stocks are set to end the week higher after the Dow surpassed its all-time record high and investors received some good news about the global economy... MACRO NEWS: The Fed's Beige Book stated that consumer spending and manufacturing had expanded in most areas in recent weeks, as the economy continued to grow at a moderate pace. The domestic labor picture also looked to be improving as the U.S. economy added many more nonfarm jobs than expected last month, the government reported today. Meanwhile, the light at the end of the tunnel brightened in Europe, as ECB President Mario Draghi said that the E.U.'s economy "should gradually recover" later this year... COMPANY NEWS: The Fed announced that all of the large financial institutions it had subjected to stress tests had passed those tests, with the exception of Ally Financial... Billionaire investor Carl Icahn proposed that Dell (DELL) pay a $9 per share dividend if its shareholders reject the company's going-private transaction. Icahn has reportedly obtained a stake of about 6% in the company... Internet music platform Pandora (P) and supermarket chain Kroger (KR) reported stronger than expected quarterly results, while Staples (SPLS) and American Eagle (AEO) declined following their disappointing quarterly reports.
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