NEW YORK (
) -- Stocks finished Wednesday on a positive note as
Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 83.1 points, or 0.66%, to 12,758.85. The
increased 11.41 points to 1,326.06 and the
saw gains of 31.67 points to 2,818.31.
Breadth within the Dow was positive with 23 of the index's 30 components posting gains.
The biggest advancers among the blue chips were
Catepillar shares rose 2.6% Tuesday to $109.05. The industrial company is scheduled to announce its fourth-quarter results on Thursday. Analysts, on average, expect earnings of $1.73 per share and $16.05 billion in revenue.
gives Caterpillar a B+ grade with a buy rating and a
Shares of DuPont rose 2.39% to $50.59 after the chemical giant reported
DuPont gets an B grade from
with a buy rating and
Travelers shares increased 1.98% to $59.15. The insurance company reported
gives Travelers a B grade with a buy rating and a
The biggest blue-chip losers were
Written by Alexandra Zendrian in New York.
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