Updated from 9:42 a.m. EDT
U.S. stocks were jumpy but staying positive Monday morning on reports of continued international support for the financial system and additional thawing in credit markets. Traders were also looking at a heap of quarterly corporate earnings statements.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
was up 169 points at 9021, and the
added 18 points to 959. The
climbed 14 points to 1725.
Over the weekend,
announced plans to convene global leaders to continue to work on solutions to the credit crunch, according to a report by
The Wall Street Journal
On Sunday, the Dutch government said it would buy a $13.4 billion stake in
to shore up the company's balance sheet, the
Credit markets appeared to continue to relax, as three-month dollar labor, a measure of the rate banks charge one another for large loans, dropped 36 basis points to 4.06%, while the overnight rate declined 16 basis points to 1.51%.
A downtrend in interbank lending rates remains intact, Tony Crescenzi, chief bond market strategist at Miller Tabak, wrote on his
blog. Tender offerings by the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the Swiss National bank, which now provide an unlimited supply of dollars, has helped ease the market, he wrote. He also wrote that the
plan to purchase commercial paper, to be implemented Monday, should provide additional support, as will additional money borrowed by the treasury to provide banks with additional capital.
Rates nonetheless remained elevated, causing wrinkles in other companies' plans. The
was having trouble getting funding for a purchase of fellow automaker
Testifying before the House Budget Committee in Washington,
Chairman Ben Bernanke said that calming the financial markets would not immediately resolve all the problems faced by the broader economy.
Bernanke's sentiments were highlighted by headlines that indicated the pain was far from over for several big firms.
( MER). CEO John Thain said he foresaw job cuts numbering in the thousands for the brokerage, which is slated to be bought by
Bank of America
may close 150 stores and slash its head count, the
announced a 28% decline in third-quarter earnings but beat analyst estimates.
swung to a $21 million loss related to a cash settlement of convertible debt. Its income, however, reached a company record of $1 billion.
Swiss pharmaceutical company
said its profit climbed 12% year over year on rising sales.
also reported that Internet portal
would probably announce layoffs, perhaps as early as Tuesday's earnings report.
Meanwhile, utility services firm
for $6.2 billion in an all-stock deal.
, Goldman Sachs downgraded
to neutral from buy, predicting a decline in profit margins.
Shifting to economic data, the Conference Board's leading indicators index for September climbed 0.3%, whereas economists had predicted a decline of 0.2%. The August reading was revised to a 0.9% drop.
As for commodities, crude oil was climbing $1.96 to $73.81 a barrel. Gold was adding $3.60 to $791.30 an ounce.
Longer-dated U.S. Treasury securities were edging higher. The 10-year was up 3/32 to yield 3.92%, and the 30-year was gaining 7/32, yielding 4.31%. The dollar was stronger vs. its major foreign competitors.
Abroad, European exchanges including the FTSE in London and the Dax in Frankfurt were trading higher. In
, Japan's Nikkei and Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed with gains.