US stocks edge higher as investors eye company earnings
U.S. stock indexes edged higher in morning trading Wednesday as investors sized up the latest company earnings and deal news. Financial and technology stocks moved higher, while consumer staples companies slipped.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 24 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,077 as of 11:14 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index added one point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,102. The Nasdaq composite index gained 10 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,950.
PRINT IT: Lexmark International surged 10 percent after the printer maker agreed to be bought by a group that includes Apex Technology and PAG Asia Capital for about $2.51 billion. The stock added $3.46 to $38.12.
CHARGE IT: Discover Financial Services climbed 7.4 percent after the credit card issuer and lender reported better-than-anticipated quarterly profit and sales as loan volume improved. The stock gained $3.89 to $56.44.
NO FIZZ: Coca-Cola slid 4.5 percent after the world's biggest beverage maker reported a lower profit for the first quarter. The company was squeezed by a strong dollar and charges related to the transformation of its North American operations. Coca-Cola fell $2.09 to $44.52.
STRONG QUARTER: VMWare jumped 13 percent after the cloud-computing company reported better-than-expected earnings. The stock climbed $6.69 to $58.15.
FOR SALE: Yahoo rose 3.2 percent a day after the Internet pioneer said that it is considering the sale of part or all of its Internet business. The news overshadowed its latest quarterly loss. The stock added $1.15 to $37.48.
NOT RECOMMENDED: Angie's List edged lower after the online ratings service reported an unexpected loss and disappointing sales in the first quarter. The stock slid 5 cents to $7.70.
ENERGY: U.S. crude was down 25 cents, or 0.6 percent, at $40.83 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international benchmark, was up 8 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $44.11 a barrel in London.
OVERSEAS: In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.3 percent, while the CAC-40 of France was up 0.2 percent. The FTSE 100 of leading British shares was down 0.2 percent. Earlier in Asia, most markets closed lower. South Korea's Kospi fell 0.3 percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng slid 0.9 percent. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.2 percent, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.5 percent.
BONDS AND CURRENCIES: Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.77 from 1.78 late Tuesday. In currency markets, the euro fell to $1.1337 from $1.1377, while the dollar rose to 109.27 yen from 109.13.