Better than expected results from Texas Instruments
boosted tech stocks on Wednesday.
TI reported earnings of 28 cents a share on a 14% jump in revenues, beating Wall Street estimates. Earnings slipped 4% from the year-ago quarter on rising costs, but the results were good enough for analysts to grudgingly raise their ratings on the stock.
Shares of TXN surged more than 7% on the day, sending chip stocks to a 2.5% gain.
Investors will get another look at the health of the tech sector Thursday night, when Microsoft
reports earnings. Analysts expect Microsoft to report earnings of 33 cents a share on sales of $10.55 billion, up 4% from a year ago.
The Nasdaq rose 26 to 2046, the S&P 500 added 5 to 1174, and the Dow climbed 37 to 10,498. Volume rose to 1.64 billion shares on the NYSE, and 2.13 billion on the Nasdaq. Advancers led 23-9 on the NYSE, and 21-9 on the Nasdaq. Upside volume was 69% on the NYSE, and 74% on the Nasdaq. New highs-new lows were 101-26 on the NYSE, and 70-44 on the Nasdaq.
After the close, VeriSign
, Digital River
beat estimates. Sierra Wireless
missed estimates, and JDS Uniphase
During the day, Cymer
surged on better than expected results.
fell on their results, while Red Envelope
climbed after beating estimates.
edged higher after announcing 7,000 layoffs.
rose 2% ahead of its earnings Thursday morning.