U.S. stocks rise, pushing Dow toward eighth up day


(Updates to early morning) By Denise Duclaux NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) - Stocks rose in early morning trade on Friday, lifting the blue-chip Dow toward its eighth straight session of gains as U.S.-led forces thrust deep into southern Iraq and fed Wall Street's hopes for a swift war. The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average climbed 84 points, or 1.02 percent, at 8,371. The broad Standard and Poor's 500 index jumped 6 points, or 0.79 percent, to 882. The tech-laced Nasdaq Composite ...

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