Stock Market Today: Dow, S&P 500 Back Atop the Mountain

More stellar earnings and a glass-is-half-full view of GDP and unemployment data helped drive stocks to fresh highs Thursday.

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A pair of the major stock indexes registered record closes on Thursday, and they did so in the face of middling economic signals.

The Commerce Department revealed that U.S. gross domestic product grew by an annualized 6.5% rate during the second quarter – a figure that Barclays economists deemed "solid, but unspectacular and below expectations [of 8.4%]."

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Kyle Woodley

Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

Kyle was previously the Senior Investing Editor for, and the Managing Editor for before that. His work has appeared in several outlets, including Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Barchart, The Globe & Mail and the Nasdaq. He also has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, among other shows and podcasts, and he has been quoted in several outlets, including MarketWatch, Vice and Univision. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism. 

You can check out his thoughts on the markets (and more) at @KyleWoodley.