Stocks overseas were mixed to lower. In Europe, London's FTSE 100 and the DAX in Frankfurt were rising 1% and 1.3%, respectively. In Asia, the Nikkei in Japan rose 0.6%, and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong edged down 0.7%.

Crude oil futures were rising 73 cents to $73.22 a barrel, while gold was adding $4.60, to $951.90.

-- Written by Elizabeth Trotta in New York.

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