U.S. stocks closed higher, boosted by positive economic data in a trading session marred by a historic trading halt on the Nasdaq stock exchange as a result of technical problems. Gap raised its ... more 
U.S. stocks closed higher, boosted by positive economic data in a trading session marred by a historic trading halt on the Nasdaq stock exchange as a result of technical problems. Gap raised its earnings per share outlook for the year after its summer lineup helped boost second-quarter results and advanced its turnaround push. Teen apparel retailer Aeropostale forecast a third quarter loss, and said the highly promotional environment that has led it to cut prices would continue in the back-to-school shopping period. Aeropostale said it expects a net loss of 21 cents to 26 cents per share for the third quarter. less 
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