NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks were climbing midday Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund raised its global outlook and amid positive first-quarter earnings reports from companies such as Coca-Cola ( KO). The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 170.71 points to 13,092.12. Leading the Dow higher were Coca-Cola, Chevron ( CVX) and Wal-Mart ( WMT).
Shares of Coca-Cola rose 2.61% to $74.33. The beverage company reported first-quarter net income of $2.05 billion, or 89 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $1.9 billion, or 82 cents. Coca-Cola's stock hit a 52-week high Tuesday of $74.48. The stock's 52-week low of $63.34 was set on Oct. 4. TheStreet Ratings gives Coca-Cola an A grade with a buy rating and $83.41 price target. Chevron shares gained 2.2% to $103.74. In the news Tuesday, Chevron's Australian subsidiaries signed an agreement with Chubu Electric Power to deliver liquefied natural gas from Chevron's Wheatstone. Chevron get an A grade from TheStreet Ratings with a buy rating and $126.41 price target. Shares of Wal-Mart rose 1.8% to $61.67. CEO Mike Dunn's 2011 pay fell 3% to $18.1 million as his bonus, which is based on performance, dropped, The Associated Press reported. TheStreet Ratings gives Wal-Mart an A grade with a buy rating and $69.46 price target. The only decliner in the index midday was Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ). Shares dropped 13 cents, or 0.2%, to $63.85. The consumer goods and drugs company reported first-quarter earnings excluding special items Tuesday of $3.8 billion, or $1.37 a share. Analysts, on average, were expecting earnings of $1.35 a share. Though Johnson & Johnson's profit beat estimates, its global sales fell 2.4% in the first quarter. TheStreet Ratings gives Johnson & Johnson a B- grade with a buy rating and $74.09 price target. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Alexandra Zendrian >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.