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Positive corporate earnings looked set to drive Wall Street higher as reports from DuPont (DD) - Get Report and Alibaba (BABA) - Get Report arrived.
Cisco Systems (CSCO) - Get Report is set to acquire Appdynamics. Cisco agreed to pay $3.7 billion days before the company's IPO.
Novartis (NVS) - Get Report missed analysts' expectations, as the company considers selling its eyecare unit Alcon.
Alcoa (AA) - Get Report posts fourth-quarter losses of $125 million. The producer earned 6 cents a share lower than expected.