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US stocks rebound in midday trading, lifted by unemployment claims news, Disney earnings

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Stocks are sharply higher on Wall Street as investors reacted to encouraging news on unemployment gains and a strong earnings report from Disney.

The market was rebounding a day after small losses.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 152 points, or 1 per cent, to 15,592 as of noon Thursday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 17 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,769. The Nasdaq composite gained 45 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 4,057.

Disney jumped 5 per cent after the media company reported earnings late Wednesday that beat analysts' estimates. Disney got a lift from its movie hit "Frozen" and sales of the "Disney Infinity" video game.

Akamai Technologies jumped 19 per cent after a strong earnings report. Twitter plunged 21 per cent as investors worried about slower growth.

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