The stock market is rising in midday trading after some encouraging news about the U.S. economy.

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The Dow Jones industrial average rose 27 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,100, midday Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose four points, also 0.2 percent, to 1,806. The Nasdaq composite gained the most -- rising 19 points, or 0.5 percent, to 4,037.

In a sign that workers are in less danger of being laid off, the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 316,000, the Labor Department said. Also, a private survey showed that consumer confidence rose in November.

Hewlett-Packard surged $1.76, or 7 percent, to $26.85. The world's second-largest maker of PCs forecast a strong profit for the current quarter late Tuesday.


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