Nov 16, 2012 12:17 PM by Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks turned higher after Congressional leaders reported progress in talks with President Barack Obama about cutting the U.S. government's budget deficit.
The Dow Jones industrial average was down as much as 71 points in late morning trading but turned higher after House Speaker John Boehner and other Congressional leaders said they had constructive talks with Obama's team.
Investors have worried that Obama and Congress won't reach a deal in time on the budget to avoid deep cuts in government spending and tax increases that are set to kick in at the beginning of next year.
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