NEW YORK, N.Y. - Stocks are rising in midday trading after earnings gains at major U.S. companies including Ford.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 84 points, or 0.6 per cent, at 15,497 as of noon Eastern time Thursday.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up four points, or 0.3 per cent, at 1,750. The Nasdaq composite was up 19 points, or 0.5 per cent, at 3,926.
It's a busy week for corporate earnings.
Ford rose 27 cents, or 1.5 per cent, to $17.79 after posting record earnings for the third quarter and raising its profit forecast for the whole year. Revenue increased 12 per cent.
Southwest Airlines rose 46 cents, or 3 per cent, to $16.88 after its third-quarter profit rose. Average fares were higher and fuel costs fell.
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