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Stock Market Today: Groggy Start for Stocks, But an Energetic Ending

It's the finish that counts, right?

Stocks kicked off Thursday's trading the way they ended Wednesday's – in the red – but they picked up strength throughout the day and closed with modest gains.

The morning slump ignored strong initial jobless claims data: Unemployment filings for the week ended March 20 dropped by 97,000 to 684,000.

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