Wall Street inches higher on gains in techs, consumer staples

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Consumer staples lead gains on Wall Street Consumer staples lead gains on Wall Street Source : Last Updated: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 21:21 hrs
By Sruthi Shankar
REUTERS - Upbeat earnings from consumer companies Mondelez and Kellogg put the benchmark S&P index on track for its 5.5 percent on Tuesday after the Oreo cookie maker reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, while Kellogg surged 6.5 percent following its first quarterly sales increase in more than two years.
The rise helped the S&P consumer staples index gain 0.70 percent.
"Earnings have been the key driver," said Jeff Carbone, managing partner at Cornerstone Financial Partners.
"We're going through a period without any major pullbacks and that must be warranted to the economic data and earnings."
The indexes also found support from a rise in technology shares. Apple Inc gained 1.2 percent to a record high after strong reviews of its much-anticipated iPhone X.
Intel hit a 17-year high after report Qualcomm Inc.
Qualcomm was down 7 percent and was the biggest drag on the S&P and the Nasdaq.
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At 10:54 a.m. ET (1454 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 15.25 points, or 0.07 percent, at 23,363.99, the S&P 500 was up 2.9 points, or 0.11 percent, at 2,575.73 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 25.10 points, or 0.37 percent, at 6,724.06.
The Nasdaq and the Dow were also on pace to post their best monthly gains since February.
Six of the 11 major S&P indexes were higher, with technology and financials close behind consumer staples.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see some rotational changes as we're over the worst period," said Carbone.
Pfizer's shares fell 1.22 percent despite the drugmaker's profit beat and upbeat forecast.
Under Armour Inc slumped about 15 percent after the company slashed 2017 forecasts and reported its first quarterly fall in revenue since going public.
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,664 to 1,067. On the Nasdaq, 1,813 issues rose and 868 fell.
(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila) SEARCH