NEW YORK — Stocks are finishing higher for the third session as a sharp drop in oil prices and a better-than-expected economic reading are calming some fears about the economy.

Oil fell as the dollar rose on Thursday. Meanwhile, the government is reporting that the economy grew last quarter at a faster pace than previously estimated.

The Dow Jones industrials is ending off its highs of the session, up 52 at the 12,646 level.

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