Stocks move higher on home building, low inflation

6/18/2013
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In this Monday, June 10, 2013 photo, trader Edward Landi check a screen in a booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets traded fitfully Tuesday June 18, 2013 as investors watched for signs of a possible change in U.S. stimulus efforts by the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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NEW YORK — The stock market is moving higher in midday trading after the government reported gains in home construction and low inflation.

Investors are also sending stocks up because they expect the Federal Reserve will keep in place programs meant to prop up the economy.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 110 points, or 0.7 percent, to 15,292 at noon today.

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The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,649. All 10 industry groups rose, led by telecommunications.

The Nasdaq was up 25 points, or 0.7 percent, at 3,477.

The pace of home construction rose in May and builders applied for permits to build single-family homes at the fastest pace in five years.

Hormel Foods fell 4 percent after cutting its profit forecast.