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The Dow Gets a Lift From Earnings, Gain in China

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It’s hard to be downbeat on a Friday, and stocks are reflecting an improved mood on Wall Street. Chinese markets rebounded overnight and earnings reports from PayPal (PYPL) and (PG) (PG) created some confidence. China’s third-quarter gross domestic product was the weakest since the financial crisis, which might have sunk stocks again Friday, had not government agencies come out in a chorus of confidence about the economy.