Thursday's Bloomberg Market Report

By: Bloomberg Email
By: Bloomberg Email
New York Stock Exchange
9634.69 up 66.43

NYSE MKT Exchange
2343.96 up 24.95

NASDAQ Composite
3669.12 up 15.11

Standard And Poors 500
1697.48 up 6.57

More of us are feeling better about the economy as job firings are down. And college students may be overpaying for their textbooks. Here's the Thursday Bloomberg After The Bell Report from the New York Stock Exchange.

Are you feeling good about the economy? Consumer confidence advanced last week to the highest level in more than five years, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. Americans' views on the economy, jobs, personal finances and spending improved.

Stocks are on the rise after a three-day slide after jobless claims over the past month fell to the lowest since 2007. That was before the recession, indicating the jobs market is making progress.

General Motors is working to improve the electric-only range of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. Currently, the car can travel an estimated 38 miles on a battery, but GM hopes to get its next-generation Volt to travel 60 miles or more.

It pays to do your homework if you're buying college textbooks this fall. Online textbook search engine Direct Textbook says most college students overpay by 20 to 70 percent primarily because they don't take advantage of online tools to help them find the lowest prices on textbooks.

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