QUIET GAIN: Stocks rose in light trading ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The market is closed Thursday and will close early Friday.
CEASE-FIRE: Stocks got a modest lift after Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years.
NO SPARKLE: Zale, the jewelry company, lost 30 percent after reporting a wider-than-expected loss in the most recent quarter.
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