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Maureen Smaldone, a trader for Brendan E. Cryan and Co., monitors trading activity from her workstation at the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks opened higher on Wall Street, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to new highs, after the government said unemployment claims fell last week.

The Dow rose 38 points, or 0.3 percent, to 14,334 as of 9:52 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor’s 500 gained two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,543. The Nasdaq composite advanced three points to 3,225.

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