Markets finished higher as U.S. manufacturing grew at its fastest pace in four years during February while jobless claims fell. The market rise defied a poor outlook from Wal-Mart, speculation Facebook may be overpaying for its acquisition of WhatsApp and ongoing political riots in the Ukraine. Chinese PMI also contracted for the second consecutive month, yet the reading from the world's largest emerging market was largely ignored in the U.S. TheStreet's Jane Searle speaks to Keith Bliss of Cuttone at the NYSE.

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