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April 25 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks on the move on Thursday:
WALL STREET CLIMBS ON EARNINGS, BUT EXXON AND 3M DRAG
Stocks edged higher on Thursday, as investors digested a raft of earnings and a drop in initial jobless claims, though declines in Dow components ExxonMobil and 3M Co capped the advance. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 8.02 points, or 0.05 percent, to 14,684.32. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index added 4.48 points, or 0.28 percent, to 1,583.27. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 18.60 points, or 0.57 percent, to 3,288.25.
** EXXONMOBIL CORP, $88.24, down 1.3 pct (0931 ET)
The world's largest publicly traded oil company's quarterly profit edged up as results were helped by higher earnings in its chemicals business.