On Wall Street, a surge in technology stocks on Wednesday drove the Standard & Poor's 500 and Dow Jones industrial average to record highs. The gains came after network communications company Adtran reported earnings that were double what was expected.
The Dow rose 0.9 percent, its biggest one-day gain in a month, to 14,802.24. The S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent to 1,567.73. The Nasdaq composite gained 1.8 percent to 3,297.25.
Benchmark oil for May delivery was down 31 cents to $94.33 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 31 cents to $94.33 per barrel on the Nymex on Wednesday.
In currency markets, the euro rose to $1.3062 from $1.3058 late Wednesday in New York. The dollar fell to 99.58 yen from 99.76 yen.
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