SAN FRANCISCO – Internet and social media stocks propelled the tech sector to early gains on Wednesday, with Yahoo Inc. and Facebook Inc. leading the advance. Yahoo was up 1.8% at the bell, a day after the company reported better-than-expected earnings. Facebook rose 1.4%, as the Nasdaq Composite Index gained nearly 1% to 3,820. On the downside, shares of Intel Corp. were down 0.5% after the chip giant put out a disappointing forecast. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index was up 0.2%.
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