Materials companies help stocks to a slight gain

Associated Press
Materials companies help stocks to a slight gain

Trader Neil Catania, left, and Mark Muller, right, confer on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, July 22, 2013. Asian stocks dipped Thursday July 25, 2013 as investors prepared for a slew of earnings reports in coming days that will give a reading of how confident companies are in the outlook for major economies. Improved German business confidence boosted European markets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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