Stocks gain on optimism that a budget deal is near

Associated Press
Stocks gain on optimism that a budget deal is near

In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, photo, trader Robert Vella, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks edged higher on Wall Street amid optimism that the lawmakers in Washington are closing in on a budget deal that will stop the U.S. going over the “fiscal cliff.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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