MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Rise On Earnings; October Set To Be A Strong Month

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch , Ryan Vlastelica Features Dow Jones Newswires

Aetna, Pfizer, Archer Daniels report results

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U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq seeing particular strength, as Wall Street looked to close out October trading squarely in positive territory, supported by healthy quarterly results. Looking ahead, the Federal Reserve kicks off its two-day meeting later in the session.

What are stocks doing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 18 points, or 0.1%, at 23,366. The blue-chip average traded in negative territory throughout the morning, pressured following results from Pfizer Inc. (PFE), though it has subsequently rebounded

The S&P 500 rose 2 points, or about 0.1%, to 2,575. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 21 points, or 0.3%, to 6,720.

For the month, the Dow is up 4.3% while the S&P 500 is up 2.2% and the Nasdaq is up 3.4%. All three are on track for their biggest monthly percentage rise since February. Both the Dow and the S&P are set for their seventh straight monthly gain, while the Nasdaq has risen for four months.

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What could drive the markets?

Among companies reporting quarterly results, Aetna (AET) reported earnings that came in ahead of analysts' estimates (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/aetna-shares-surge-on-q3-profit-beat-increased-2017-earnings-guidance-2017-10-31), but the stock fell 1.4%. Pfizer also reported earnings that topped forecasts, and it lifted its 2017 earnings outlook (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/pfizer-shares-surge-on-q3-profit-beat-raised-2017-earnings-outlook-2017-10-3), but shares fell 0.7%.

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Under Armour Inc. (UAA) slid 13% on a revenue miss and profit warning (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/under-armour-shares-sink-after-revenue-miss-profit-warning-2017-10-31). Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM)(ADM) stock slid over 4.5% after an earnings miss (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/archer-daniels-stock-slides-2-after-earnings-miss-2017-10-31).

After the close, Electronic Arts Inc.(EA) and U.S. Steel Corp.(X) are scheduled to report. Big tech earnings are a just a day away, with Tesla Inc (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tesla-earnings-model-3-production-demand-under-the-microscope-again-2017-10-25).(TSLA) and Facebook Inc (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/facebook-earnings-two-ways-the-social-networking-titan-can-grow-even-larger-2017-10-30).(FB) both due to report Wednesday. Shares of Apple Inc. (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-earnings-iphone-x-supply-is-the-question-but-the-answer-may-not-matter-2017-10-30)(AAPL), which reports Thursday, closed Monday at a record high of $166.72 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-closes-at-record-high-market-cap-tops-860-billion-2017-10-30) on optimism ahead of those results.

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The two-day Federal Reserve meeting, which isn't expected to yield any changes to monetary policy, begins Tuesday. Investors will watch for clues on the health of the economy and inflation as gauged by policy makers.

President Donald Trump will reveal his choice Thursday, a White House official said (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-to-announce-his-pick-for-fed-chair-on-thursday-2017-10-30). Fed Gov. Jerome Powell is tipped as the pick by several media outlets.

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What data are in focus?

See:MarketWatch's economic calendar (http://www.marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic)

What are market analysts saying?

"What really matters for the market is earnings, which is what should matter, and earnings have been pretty darn good," said J.J. Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade.

"Are there things that could disrupt the apple cart? Sure. There are a lot of expectations around the tax plan, so the details could disappoint, and valuations are absolutely high, even if we are seeing growth in earnings. You don't see years like this, where markets just go straight up. We're due for some kind of pullback," Kinahan said.

(http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-leaning-toward-appointing-powell-to-fed-report-2017-10-27)Which stocks are in focus?

Shares of Qualcomm Inc.(QCOM) slid 6.8% on a report that in The Wall Street Journal (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/qualcomm-shares-slide-6-on-report-apple-may-drop-use-of-its-chips-2017-10-31)that Apple may drop chip maker's components upcoming iPads and iPhones. Apple has accused Qualcomm of using its market dominance to charge unfair royalties and block competitors.

Mastercard (MA) fell 1% after the company reported better-than-expected revenue and profit, with revenue of $3.40 billion, compared with analysts consensus forecasts surveyed by FactSet for revenue of $3.28 billion.

Rockwell Automation (ROK) rose 6.9% after CNBC reported that Emerson Electric(EMR) made multiple offers to buy the company. The latest offer valued the company at more than $27 billion. Emerson shares fell 1.8%.

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Mondelez International Inc.(MDLZ) posted forecast-topping earnings and revenue (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mondelez-profit-jumps-81-in-third-quarter-shares-5-higher-2017-10-30) and shares rose 5.6%.

(http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sanmina-shares-fall-on-earnings-miss-outlook-2017-10-30) (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apptio-shares-rally-as-results-outlook-top-street-view-2017-10-30)Chegg Inc.(CHGG) slid 4.1%. Losses came even after the education-focused company posted stronger-than-expected earnings and lifted guidance (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/chegg-rises-to-record-levels-after-earnings-beat-raised-guidance-2017-10-30).

Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. (LL) lost 3.3% despite reporting a surprise third-quarter loss and sales that came in below expectations (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/lumber-liquidators-stock-plunges-after-surprise-loss-sales-miss-2017-10-31).

Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII) shed 2.6% after the company said it was exploring "strategic and financial alternatives" to turn around the company (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rent-a-center-to-explore-alternatives-posts-quarterly-loss-2017-10-30).

What are other markets doing?

The ICE Dollar Index was modestly up (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-dollar-regains-strength-canadian-dollar-hammered-after-gdp-data-2017-10-31) at 94.615.

Brent oil prices and U.S. crude prices were a little lower (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/brent-oil-set-for-4th-straight-monthly-gain-wavers-around-2-year-high-2017-10-31). Gold drifted south (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-struggles-even-as-the-strong-dollar-takes-a-breather-2017-10-31) at $1,274.10 an ounce.

Stocks in Europe moved higher (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/european-stocks-stick-around-5-month-highs-cruise-toward-october-gain-2017-10-31) asmid a stream of earnings reports arrived. Spanish stocks again outpaced the gains with a 1% move up.

In Asia, stocks finished mixed (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nikkei-retreats-ahead-of-boj-announcement-2017-10-30), marked by losses for the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong. But Korea's Kospi Composite Index posted a record close on blowout results for heavyweight Samsung Electronics Co. (005930.SE).

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 31, 2017 11:14 ET (15:14 GMT)