The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 25, 2013

Stocks rise, aided by Ford, 3M results

KEN SWEET AP Markets Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market moved higher Thursday, recovering from a loss the day before, as investors reacted to earnings gains from Ford, AT&T and the industrial conglomerate 3M, among others.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 71 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,484 as of 12:35 p.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,751.14 — roughly four points from the record high of 1,755.67 it reached on Tuesday.

The Nasdaq composite was up 19 points, or 0.5 percent, to 3,926.

It’s one of the busiest weeks on Wall Street for corporate earnings. Roughly a third of the S&P 500 will report results, including some of the world’s best-known companies.

Ford earned an adjusted profit of 45 cents per share — a record for the third quarter — as sales rose 12 percent to $36 billion. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker sold 1.5 million cars and trucks in the period, up 16 percent. Wall Street analysts had expected Ford to earn 37 cents per share, according to FactSet. Ford rose 24 cents, or 1.4 percent, to $17.77.

3M, one of the 30 stocks in the Dow average, beat Wall Street expectations as well.

3M, whose many products include facial masks and Post-it notes, earned $1.78 per share in the third quarter, up from $1.65 per share in same quarter a year ago. Revenue rose 6 percent to $7.92 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected earnings of $1.75 per share on revenue of $7.86 billion.