Buyers drive Wall Street higher

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Stocks on Wall Street rose at the start of trading on Thursday, as a recent string of losing sessions sent investors looking for bargains.

Concerns over Europe’s sovereign debt crisis helped to spark declines in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index for five of the past six sessions. But on Thursday, European shares shrugged off losses to rise about 0.5 percent.

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