Stocks up as more companies report strong results

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is opening higher as more U.S companies announce strong earnings.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose eight points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,970 as of 9:35 a.m. Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 76 points, or 0.5 percent, to 16,894.

Investors are watching quarterly results roll in this week from a large group of companies. They are also waiting for Wednesday's policy announcement from the Federal Reserve, which could offer clues about the central bank's plans for raising interest rates. The Fed is also winding down its $4 trillion bond-buying program.

Amgen rose 4 percent after announcing better-than-expected earnings. Twitter fell 6 percent after the company reported results that raised concerns about its user growth and holiday revenue.