U.S. stocks pared losses as technology and telephone companies helped lead the market higher following an earlier drop triggered by a bigger-than-forecast increase in jobless claims and disappointing earnings.
JDS Uniphase Corp., Pitney Bowes Inc. and Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. jumped more than 11 percent to lead gains in the S&P 500.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was little changed at 1,501.37 as of 1:50 p.m. in New York after declining as much as 0.4 percent earlier. The gauge retreated from a five-year high yesterday after the government said the economy unexpectedly contracted last quarter.
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