Stocks Eke Out Gains on Mixed Earnings

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New York, NY (AP) - Stocks are finishing about where they started as
traders digest mixed signals on the direction of the economy.
Texas Instruments, U.S. Steel and Bristol-Myers Squibb all fell
Tuesday after announcing weak third-quarter earnings. A gain in
consumer confidence this month helped offset the losses, and major
indexes ended the day with modest gains.
According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones industrial
average rose 5, or 0.1 percent, to close at 11,169.
The broader Standard & Poors 500 edged up less than a point at
1,186, and the Nasdaq is up 6, or 0.3 percent, to 2,497.
Rising and falling shares were about even on the New York Stock
Exchange, where floor volume came to 965 billion shares.

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