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The market got a boost after a report showed consumer confidence jumped to its highest level since July, before Washington's debt-ceiling debate roiled markets. The Conference Board, a private research group, said its index of consumer confidence jumped to 56.0 in November, from a revised 40.9 in October. The November index was far better than the 45.0 economists expected.
In other economic data, U.S. single-family home prices declined in September, highlighting the fragility of a market that is struggling to get back on its feet, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller composite index.