Stocks slightly higher ahead of Fed minutes, earnings

April 8, 2015 5:47 PM

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Stocks slightly higher ahead of Fed minutes, earnings

Stocks were slightly higher in afternoon trading as investors await the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's policy meeting in March and the kick off of first-quarter earnings season.

A plunge in oil prices kept stock gains in check as U.S. benchmark crude fell 6% after a report showed U.S. oil inventories grew more than expected.

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