Stocks edge up as leaders pledge to save euro


Stocks edged higher as investors awaited the unofficial start of earnings season, led by the aluminum giant Alcoa. After markets closed, though, the company posted a loss of $191 million, or 18 cents a share; price pressures took their toll. Still, stocks got a lift as European leaders, led by Merkel and Sarkozy, renewed their commitment to shore up the euro.

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