U.S. stocks rise; Saddam rumors give a boost


(Updates to late morning) By Denise Duclaux NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) - Stocks rose on Friday, leading the blue-chip Dow toward its eighth session of gains on investor anticipation of a swift war as U.S.-led armed forces race toward Baghdad. Traders said the market got an added boost from rumors that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been killed, but the British defense chief said he could not confirm a report that Saddam was killed in the first Baghdad air strike. The White ...

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