Stocks move higher as budget talks progress

Associated Press
Stocks move higher as budget talks progress

In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, photo, Traders Patrick McKeon, left, and Joel Lucchese work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks rose modestly Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, on Wall Street. Investors were encouraged by signs of progress in talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect in two weeks and a prediction of steady economic growth next year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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