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U.S. stock-market indexes climbed on Friday as Intel rallied, but data on consumer sentiment disappointing traders.
As of 10:40 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 47.5 points, or 0.29%, to 16781, the S&P 500 rose 5.9 points, or 0.31%, to 1936 and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 14.4 points, or 0.34%, to 4312.
Wall Street's smooth ride higher hit turbulence this week as the situation in Iraq rapidly destabilized. Numerous major cities have been seized by rebels that are an offshoot of terrorist group Al Qaeda. The tumult sent U.S. crude oil futures shooting higher -- toping the $107 a barrel mark for the first time since September. The benchmark contract recently traded higher by 43 cents, or 0.4%, to $106.95 a barrel. Wholesale New York Harbor gasoline advanced 0.12% to $3.088 a gallon.
"The events of this week in Iraq will have some profound reshaping of geopolitical maps not only in the Middle-East but also in Europe," Olivier Jakob, managing director at Swiss-based energy consultancy Petromatrix, wrote in an e-mail to clients, adding, "crude oil has gone through a period of very low volatility but it came back with a revenge."
It's worth noting that the U.S. Energy Department ranks Iraq the world's eight-biggest producer of oil. Saudi Arabia and the U.S. are the two biggest.
Still, Wall Street managed to shake off those worries. A rally in shares of Intel (INTC), sparked by a rosier sales outlook, helped lift sentiment.
On the economic front, a reading on consumer sentiment from Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan came in at 81.2 in June, below consensus estimates of 83, and lower than a final reading in May of 81.9.
The Labor Department reports inflation at the wholesale level fell 0.2% in May, compared to expectations prices would rise 0.1%. Excluding the food and energy components, prices fell 0.1%, compared to an expected gain of 0.1%.