MARKETS-USA-STOCKS:Housing, profits lift Wall St, Amazon up late
By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose for a third day on Thursday after upbeat housing data and stronger-than-expected results from companies, including Citrix Systems Inc
An index of pending home sales rose to nearly a two-year high in March, sending the Philadelphia Stock Exchange index of housing-related shares <.HGX> up 3 percent. Shares of homebuilder Lennar
The stock of PulteGroup Inc
After the closing bell, shares of Amazon.com dividend would rise another 9 cents per share.
Volume was 6.7 billion shares on the New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq and the NYSE Amex, compared with the daily average this year of 6.77 billion.
Advancers outpaced decliners by a ratio of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by about 5 to 3 on the Nasdaq.
(Editing by Jan Paschal)
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