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By Stan Choe
AP Business Writer 

US indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw from the hole


NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes ticked higher Friday as energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was on pace to close out the week with a modest gain, its fourth in the last five.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 added 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,439, as of 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 4 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 21,401, and the Nasdaq composite rose 27, or 0.4 percent, to 6,263. The Russell 2000 of small-company stocks rose 8 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,413.

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