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Stocks Rebound on Strong Earnings
« on: October 17, 2007, 09:38:39 AM »
Stocks Climb on Strong Results From JPMorgan Chase, Techs; Tame Inflation Reading

Wall Street rebounded Wednesday after key earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Yahoo Inc. and other companies topped Wall Street forecasts.

Better-than-expected earnings reports helped investors shake some of their concerns about the ongoing housing slump and lingering problems in the credit markets. The market largely looked past weak housing data, while the Labor Department's reading on September consumer price inflation came in close to analyst expectations.

Investor expectations for the third quarter had been low, given the turmoil in the financial and credit markets during the summer. Some early profit reports -- particularly in the financial sector -- were disappointing.

But strong results from component companies of the Dow Jones industrial average, including JPMorgan Chase, Altria Group Inc. and United Technologies Group Inc., helped encourage investors that third-quarter earnings overall might come in better than expected. And technology shares led the Nasdaq higher after robust earnings from Intel Corp., Yahoo Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. late Tuesday.

In midmorning trading, the Dow rose 43, or 0.31 percent, to 13,955.94. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 8.86, or 0.58 percent, to 1,547.39, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 31.96, or 1.16 percent, to 2,795.87.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves inversely to the price, fell to 4.60 percent from 4.66 percent late Tuesday.

Wall Street's recovery followed two days of declines. Stocks slid Tuesday after banks including Wells Fargo & Co. and KeyCorp reported disappointing quarterly results due to the ongoing credit crisis. Meanwhile, investors were also spooked after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the housing slump may drag on through next year.

JPMorgan Chase said third-quarter profit rose 2 percent record earnings in asset management helped the country's third-largest bank overcome hefty writedowns on its leveraged loans credit loss provisions resulting from the summer's credit market turmoil. Its shares rose $1.55, or 3.4 percent, to $46.66.

Yahoo said late Tuesday that third-quarter profit fell less than analysts had expected, raising hopes of a turnaround at the Internet search company. Yahoo gained $2.10, or 7.9 percent, to $28.79.

Chipmaker Intel posted a 43 percent increase in third-quarter earnings late Tuesday. The company's shares jumped $1.17, or 4.6 percent, to $26.65.

Beyond earnings, investors absorbed two economic reports that appeared to give the Fed more wiggle room in cutting rates. Central bankers will next meet Oct. 30-31.

U.S. consumer prices rose modestly last month, suggesting there are still inflation risks, but they likely wouldn't get in the way of an interest rate cut. The consumer price index rose 0.3 percent in September, reversing August's 0.1 percent decline. The core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, advanced 0.2 percent for a fourth-straight month.

Meanwhile, the Commerce Department said new home construction slowed to the weakest pace in 14 years during September. Housing starts plunged 10.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted 1.191 million annual rate, after falling 3.2 percent in August to 1.327 million.

Investors are still waiting for the Fed to release its Beige Book report at 2 p.m. EDT. The report gauges regional economic conditions based on data gathered by the Fed's 12 regional district banks.

The Russell 2000 Index of smaller companies rose 5.82, or 0.71 percent, to 829.17.

Oil prices rose. A barrel of light, sweet crude rose 43 cents to $88.04 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Gold prices rose as the dollar fell.

Overseas, Japan's Nikkei stock average closed down 1.07 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.79 percent, Germany's DAX index rose 0.23 percent, and France's CAC-40 rose 0.84 percent.
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