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Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:41am EDT
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Oct 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday, as investors grappled with a host of corporate earnings and muddled batch of economic data. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.42 percent at 15,478.33, the S&P 500 was up 0.16 percent at 1,749.1 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.29 percent at 3,918.512.

** DOW CHEMICAL CO, $39.60, down 3.5 pct (9:90 a.m. ET)

The company which is looking to exit businesses that are exposed to commodity price swings, said it planned to raise at least $3 billion to $4 billion from asset sales.

** INTERNATIONAL PAPER CO, $45.32, up 2.1 pct (11:07 a.m.)

The largest provider of shipping boxes for Inc and other giant e-commerce companies reported better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by strong sales of corrugated packaging for shipping boxes.