Specialist John McNierney, right, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, April 4, 2013. Stocks are notching small gains in early trading after the U.S. government ... more 
Specialist John McNierney, right, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, April 4, 2013. Stocks are notching small gains in early trading after the U.S. government reported that the number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level since late November. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Richard Drew
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 12:52 PM EDT