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US stocks almost flat after torrent of earnings

Specialists work at the Barclays post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 24, 2013 in New York. US stocks Friday rallied from intraday lows, picking up momentum after a dreary open and ending the day narrowly in the black.US stocks meandered through a busy week of corporate earnings results, with two of the three major indices concluding the week essentially flat. Analysts described the market as entering a "consolidation" phase where trade is choppy and investors still need to digest recent record peaks scored by the Dow and the S&P 500.