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Earnings gains at US companies send stocks higher on Wall Street; Ford raises profit forecast
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:09 PM EDT
Stocks are closing higher after earnings gains at major U.S. companies including Ford and Southwest Airlines.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index increased five points, or 0.3 percent, at 1,752, just two points below the record high it closed at on Tuesday.
The Nasdaq composite rose 21 points, or 0.6 percent, to 3,929.
Ford rose 24 cents, or 1 percent, to $17.76 after posting record earnings and raising its full-year profit forecast.
Southwest rose 61 cents, or 4 percent, to $17.02. Average fares were higher and fuel costs fell.
Three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was heavier than usual at 3.6 billion shares.