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    Shares of Superior Energy Services (SPN) were gaining 5% to $15.53 Thursday as oil prices rebounded from recent losses. WTI crude oil for October delivery was up 3.18% to $47.72 a barrel mid-day Thursday, and Brent crude oil for October delivery was up 2.18% to $51.60 a barrel.

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    Exxon Mobil (XOM) shares are up 1.5% to $74.33 in morning trading on Thursday as rising crude prices lifted the oil sector today. Crude prices are climbing despite U.S. oil inventory data showing that the stubborn oil supply glut that is responsible for the drop in prices is still an issue.

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    BP shares are up by 2.08% to $32.85 in late morning trading on Thursday, as rising crude prices lift the oil sector today. Crude prices are climbing despite U.S. oil inventory data showing that the stubborn oil supply glut that is responsible for the drop in prices is still an issue.

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    * Weekly U.S. jobless claims rise more than expected. * July trade deficit falls to lowest level in five months. * ECB hints at prolonging bond-buying program. * Joy Global falls after slashing full-year forecast. * Indexes up: Dow 0.89 pct, S&P 0.97 pct, Nasdaq 0.69 pct. By Tanya Agrawal.

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    Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) were up by 2.68% to $10.16 in late morning trading on Thursday, as oil prices rise today. Crude oil was up by 2.57% to $47.44 per barrel this morning and Brent was up by 1.92% to $51.47 per barrel, according to the CNBC.com index.

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    Shares of Encana (ECA) were gaining by 3.4% to $7.07 on Thursday morning, as oil prices rebounded today. WTI crude oil for October delivery was up 3.61% to $47.92 a barrel on Thursday morning, and Brent crude oil for October delivery was up 2.87% to $51.95 a barrel.

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    Shares of Denbury Resources (DNR) are higher by 5.12% to $3.90 in late morning trading on Thursday, as the rally in oil prices drives some energy and related stocks into the green today. Crude oil is spiking by 2.81% to $47.55 per barrel and Brent crude is rising by 1.98% to $51.50 per barrel this morning, according to the CNBC.com index.

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    Shares of WPX Energy (WPX) were gaining 4.7% to $7.74 Thursday as oil prices rebounded. WTI crude oil for October delivery was up 3.2% to $47.73 a barrel Thursday morning, and Brent crude oil for October delivery was up 2.28% to $51.65 a barrel. Crude oil prices were rising due to an equity market rally which offset increases in U.S. oil stockpiles and a strong dollar, according to Reuters.

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    * Weekly jobless claims rise more than expected. * July trade deficit falls to lowest level in five months. * ECB hints at prolonging bond-buying program. * Joy Global falls after slashing full-year forecast. * Indexes up: Dow 0.70 pct, S&P 0.73 pct, Nasdaq 0.67 pct. By Tanya Agrawal.

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    Wall Street opened slightly higher as U.S. data indicated a strengthening economy and the European Central Bank pledged to beef up or prolong its stimulus program. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 76.16 points, or 0.47 percent, to 16,427.54, the S&P 500 gained 8.1 points, or 0.42 percent, to 1,956.96 and the Nasdaq composite added 14.96 points, or 0.31 percent, to 4,764.94.

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     Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) stock is up by 0.45% to $28.12 in pre-market trading on Thursday, after reports of a cyber-security solutions segment sale, Reuters reports. TippingPoint, which Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) acquired in 2010 as part of the $2.7 billion acquisition of 3Com, could be sold to a private equity firm for $200 million to $300 million, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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    Joy Global  stock is declining by 6.82% to $20.62 in pre-market trading on Thursday, after the company reported its 2015 third quarter financial results before the market open this morning. Joy Global (JOY) posted earnings of 54 cents per share for the most recent quarter, down from earnings of 80 cents per share for the year ago period.

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    * Weekly jobless claims rise more than expected. * July trade deficit falls to lowest level in five months. * ECB leaves interest rates unchanged. * Joy Global falls after slashing full-year forecast. * Futures up: Dow 143 pts, S&P 17 pts, Nasdaq 38 pts. By Tanya Agrawal.

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    - U.S. stocks ended slightly higher on Thursday as investors, on edge after recent turmoil in China's markets, looked toward a key U.S. jobs report that may figure in the Federal Reserve's decision about when to lift interest rates.

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    * Futures up: Dow 64 pts, S&P 8 pts, Nasdaq 17 pts. U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday but investors remained wary of taking big positions a day before the release of the monthly jobs report, which may be a critical factor in the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision. * The Fed has said it will raise rates when it sees sustained economic recovery.

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    Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, Sept. 3: 1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing higher Thursday following the previous day's Wall Street rebound. European stocks rose ahead of Thursday's European Central Bank meeting.

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    The S&P 500 fell 3% Tuesday and then climbed 1.9% Wednesday. It will be hard to assess U.S. stocks on Thursday and Friday because the Chinese market will be closed, Steve Grasso, director of institutional sales at Stuart Frankel, said on CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show. This is far from a dull market, countered Tim Seymour, managing partner of Triogem Asset Management.