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Stocks inch up, putting S&P 500 on track for its first gain in 5 days

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Stocks inch up, putting S&P 500 on track for its first gain in 5 days

U.S. stocks perked up in Thursday morning trading, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index was on track for its first gain in five days. Crude oil inched higher following a plunge Wednesday, and Asian stocks recovered some of their sharp losses from the day before. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor&