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U.S. stocks edge higher, taxes eyed

U.S. stocks inched up in early trading on Thursday, boosted by rise in the technology, industrials and energy sectors.

The S&P 500 index ticked up 0.1%, to 2,631, after four sessions in a row of losses.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.1%, to 24,174.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.3%, to 6,795.

Investors focused on continued progress on the tax bill and awaited monthly employment report due Friday.

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