NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Wall Street finished solidly higher on Wednesday with the Nasdaq surging more than 2% following a massive post-earnings rally in Apple ( AAPL). The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 89 points, or 0.7%, to 13,091. The S&P 500 increased 19 points, or 1.4%, to 1391, and the Nasdaq jumped 68 points, or 2.3%, to 3030. Breadth within the Dow was positive with 24 of the index's 30 components on the rise. The biggest percentage gainers among the blue chips were Boeing ( BA), DuPont ( DD) and American Express ( AXP).
Shares of Boeing rose 5.29% to $77.08. The aerospace and defense company's first-quarter earnings and revenue beat analysts' expectations. Boeing reported first-quarter earnings of $1.11 a share on revenue of $19.4 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 94 cents a share on revenue of $18.4 billion. TheStreet Ratings gives Boeing a B grade with a buy rating and $84.43 price target. DuPont shares gained 2.13% to $53.80. The chemicals giant increased its quarterly dividend 5% to 43 cents a share. Also in the news Wednesday, UBS analysts raised their price target on the stock to $53. DuPont gets a A- grade with a buy rating and $60.76 price target from TheStreet Ratings. Shares of American Express rose 2.22% to $58.91. The credit card company plans to hold its annual shareholder meeting on April 30. TheStreet Ratings gives American Express an A+ grade with a buy rating and $68.08 price target. The biggest Dow decliner was Caterpillar ( CAT). Shares fell 4.58% to $103.44. Caterpillar reported first-quarter earnings of $1.58 billion, or $2.37 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $1.23 billion, or $1.84 a share. The company also raised its 2012 earnings outlook to $9.50 a share, up from previous guidance of $9.25. Analysts, on average, expect full-year 2012 earnings of $9.54 a share. TheStreet Ratings gives Caterpillar an A- grade with a buy rating and $124.77 price target. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian in New York. >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.