Stellar results from Cisco Systems
sent its shares nearly 7% higher on Wednesday and propelled the Nasdaq to its best day since November.
Stocks weathered a late-day sell-off on rumors of credit troubles at Goldman Sachs
that saw the Dow give up all its gains before recovering to end 1.1% higher after CNBC, citing a source, said the rumors were unfounded. The Nasdaq gained 2% on the day. Meanwhile, solid earnings from Toll Brothers
gave some hope to the beleaguered housing sector.
Cisco wasn’t the only tech stock hitting six-year highs. Priceline
shares soared 22% after tripling its earnings, sending its shares to their best level in nearly seven years.
Time Warner Telecom
, Harris Stratex
surged on their earnings news.
slipped 2% after reporting a big drop in earnings, and Leap Wireless
plunged 25% on its results.
The Nasdaq soared 51 to 2613, the S&P 500 gained 20 to 1497, and the Dow surged 153 to 13,657. Volume rose to 5.4 billion shares on the NYSE, and 3.67 billion on the Nasdaq. Advancing issues led by a 23-9 margin on the NYSE, and 21-9 on the Nasdaq. Upside volume was 75% on the NYSE, and 77% on the Nasdaq. New highs-new lows were 155-443 on the NYSE, and 202-195 on the Nasdaq.