Floor traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in New York. Stocks are edging higher on Thursday as hopes dim that a budget deal will be reache

 

              Floor traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in New York.  Stocks are edging higher on Thursday as hopes dim that a budget deal will be reache
Floor traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in New York. Stocks are edging higher on Thursday as hopes dim that a budget deal will be reached before a deadline at the end of the year. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)