MARKET SNAPSHOT: Stock Market Drives To Record Highs After Strong Earnings

By Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch Features Dow Jones Newswires

Boeing soars, accounting for bulk of DJIA gain

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U.S. stock-market indexes advanced modestly to set a round of records Wednesday as traders welcomed another round of upbeat earnings reports from companies such as Boeing Co. and AT&T Inc.

But gains were somewhat limited as investors awaited signals from the Federal Reserve, which is expected to leave rates unchanged at the end of its two-day policy meeting but may provide clues to the path of future rate increases and its plan to begin unwinding its balance sheet.

The S&P 500 was up 2 points, or 0.1%, to 2,478, with seven of its 11 main sectors trading higher. Telecoms were leading gains, up 2.7%, following stronger-than-expected earnings from AT&T Inc.(T)

The Nasdaq Composite added 15 points, or 0.2%, to 6,427. The Dow added 100 points, or 0.5%, to 21,714, setting an intraday high. Among blue-chip companies, Boeing Co.(BA) shares jumped nearly 7%, helping to push the index into record territory.

The main indexes were on track to close at records on Wednesday.

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"A number of major companies have stepped up to meet the challenge this quarter, beating the Street handily to provide fundamental support to the market rally," said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets, in a note.

Meanwhile, oil futures traded higher amid hopes that U.S. inventories may have fallen sharply last week. A rise of almost 1% in the early going (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-rally-continues-as-optimism-builds-ahead-us-supply-data-2017-07-26) looks to stretch crude's week-to-date gain to about 5%.

See:Here's why oil just scored its biggest one-day rally of 2017 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-oil-prices-scored-their-biggest-one-day-rally-of-2017-2017-07-25)

Economic docket: The Federal Open Market Committee's two-day policy meeting is due to end with an announcement at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

See:Fed to stick to plans for rate hike, balance-sheet selloff this year (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/no-retreat-fed-to-stick-to-plans-for-rate-hike-balance-sheet-selloff-this-year-2017-07-24)

The Commerce Department said new home sales in June came in at a 610,000 annual pace, a pickup of 0.8% from downwardly revised May data.

Check out:MarketWatch's Economic Calendar (http://www.marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic)

Stock movers: Shares in Advanced Micro Devices Inc.(AMD) soared 11% after the chip maker reported stronger-than-anticipated earnings (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/amd-jumps-after-beating-on-earnings-raising-forecast-2017-07-25) and raised its guidance late Tuesday.

See:AMD earnings give investors what they wanted, now it must deliver more (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/amd-earnings-give-investors-what-they-wanted-now-it-must-deliver-2017-07-25)

Telecom (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/att-shares-rise-more-than-2-as-company-beats-earnings-expectations-2017-07-25) company AT&T Inc. (T) jumped 4.4% after the company posted better-than-expected earnings late Tuesday.

Burrito chain (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/chipotle-shares-rise-as-earnings-beat-wall-streets-estimates-2017-07-25)Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG) rose 0.6% following stronger-than-expected results.

But biotech giant Amgen Inc.(AMGN) fell 2.6% following its quarterly report (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/amgen-shares-down-3-after-companys-guidance-on-lower-end-of-expectations-2017-07-25).

Earnings deluge:Coca-Cola Co.(KO)reported better-than-expected earnings and lifted its full-year earnings outlook, but shares still fell 1%.

Ford Motor Co.(F) shares fell 2.5% even thought the car maker reported earnings above Wall Street expectations and gave positive guidance for the full year.

Insurer Anthem Inc.(ANTM) shares fell 2% as quarterly earnings came in above expectations, but revenue fell short.

Aerospace heavyweight Boeing Co. (BA) shares jumped 6.8% after better-than-expected earnings.

Facebook Inc.'s (FB) release is on tap after the market's close.

Other markets: European equities traded higher, after Asian markets (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/japan-aussie-stocks-continue-to-rise-spurred-on-by-commodity-prices-2017-07-26) closed mixed. Gold futures lost ground, while a key dollar index was unchanged.

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July 26, 2017 10:12 ET (14:12 GMT)