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New York City (AFP) – U.S. stocks Friday opened higher as better-than-expected earnings reports from technology giants Microsoft and Amazon kept all three key indices in positive territory.

Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 28.57 (0.18 percent) to 15,537.78.

The broad-based S&P 500 increased 4.39 (0.25 percent) to 1,756.46, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 25.27 (0.64 percent) to 3,954.23.

Both Amazon and Microsoft were up more than 6 percent on results released after the market closed Thursday.

Trade was also supported by quarterly reports from Procter & Gamble and UPS that either met or exceeded expectations.

AFP Photo/Andrew Burton

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump showed his ineptitude and disregard for democracy on Wednesday during a press briefing when he was asked about the peaceful transfer of power after the election.

A reporter asked: "Will you commit to making sure there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election?"

"Well, we're going to have to see what happens," Trump said.

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