Stocks edge higher at beginning of holiday week

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Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 12:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are higher in midday trading on Wall Street at the beginning of a slow holiday week.

Apple rose 3 percent after striking a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's largest cell phone carrier.

Darden, which runs Red Lobster and Olive Garden, rose 6 percent after activist investor Starboard Value took a stake in the company.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 82 points, or 0.5 percent, to 16,303 points at noon Monday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 was up 10 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,829. The Nasdaq composite rose 37 points, 0.9 percent, to 4,142.

U.S. stock trading will close early on Tuesday and remain closed on Wednesday for Christmas.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.91 percent.

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