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  • July 20- Wall Street gained on Wednesday and the S&P 500 and Dow industrials set fresh records, as Microsoft's strong results boosted the indexes and marked the latest sign that U.S. corporate earnings season may be less dour than feared. "It seems like the weaker parts of the market are starting to at least try and keep pace with the stronger parts and there really...

  • BRENTWOOD, Tenn. _ Tractor Supply Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $156.4 million. Tractor Supply expects full-year earnings to be $3.35 to $3.40 per share, with revenue in the range of $6.8 billion to $6.9 billion. Tractor Supply shares have climbed 9 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen...

  • Byron Wien on the markets

    Byron Wien of Blackstone Advisory Partners discusses stocks, Brexit, and more with Brian Sullivan.

  • Is it time to play options?

    It could be time for investors to develop an options strategy. Dennis Davitt of Harvest Volatility Management and Boris Schlossberg of BK Asset Management discuss with Brian Sullivan.

  • *S&P, Dow stay on winning track, hit fresh record peaks. NEW YORK, July 20- Upbeat company earnings lifted U.S. and European stock prices on Wednesday, with the Dow and Standard& Poor's 500 setting record highs, while the dollar reached a four-month peak on bets the U.S. "The market has been rallying on the expectation of good earnings with some companies even providing...

  • NEW YORK, July 20- Oil prices rose as much as 1 percent on Wednesday, lifting U.S. crude from two-month lows, after the U.S. government reported a ninth straight week of crude inventory draws, easing some concerns in a market worried about a glut. U.S. gasoline prices, however, hit four-month lows after the data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration also...

  • *Microsoft surges on better-than-expected results. July 20- Wall Street gained on Wednesday, sending the S&P 500 and Dow industrials to fresh records, as Microsoft's strong results boosted the indexes and marked the latest sign that U.S. corporate earnings season may be less dour than feared. "It seems like the weaker parts of the market are starting to at least...

  • Michael Kors is going lower – here’s how to play it: Trader

    Andrew Keene of AlphaShark charts Michael Kors and puts on a bearish trade.

  • NEW YORK, July 20- Oil prices rose 1 percent on Wednesday, lifting U.S. crude from two-month lows, after the U.S. government reported a ninth straight week of crude inventory draws, easing some concerns in a market worried about a fuel glut. U.S. gasoline prices, however, hit four-month lows after the data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration also showed a...

  • NEW YORK, July 20- Oil prices rose on Wednesday, with U.S. crude rebounding from two-month lows, after the U.S. government reported a ninth straight week of crude inventory declines that came within expectations in a market worried about a fuels glut. U.S. gasoline prices, however, extended losses, hitting a four-month low after the data from the U.S. Energy...

  • TORONTO, July 20- Canada's main stock index set an 11- month high on Wednesday as oil prices turned higher and financial and energy shares advanced, offsetting losses for gold stocks as the precious metal fell. Financials rose 0.6 percent, including a 0.7 percent gain for Royal Bank of Canada to C $80.49. Brookfield Asset Management Inc rose 0.6 percent to C $45.90.

  • NEW YORK, July 20- Crude oil stocks in the United States fell for the ninth consecutive week and gasoline stockpiles posted a surprise build last week, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday. Crude inventories fell 2.3 million barrels in the week ending July 15, data from the statistical arm of the Energy Department showed,...

  • NEW YORK, July 20- Crude oil stocks in the United States fell for the ninth consecutive week and gasoline stockpiles posted a surprise build last week, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday. Crude inventories fell 2.3 million barrels in the week ending July 15, data from the statistical arm of the Energy Department showed,...

  • Brent crude futures' front-month contract were up 44 cents, or 1 percent, at $47.10 a barrel by 10:51 a.m. EDT. The front-month August contract in U.S. crude's West Texas Intermediate futures was down 80 cents, or 1.8 percent, at $43.85 a barrel by 9:18 a.m. EDT. "While in line with expectations, the drawdown is large enough to provide support, and refiner demand for...

  • NEW YORK— Stock indexes rose in afternoon trading Wednesday after companies reported profits that were stronger than expected, if not strong. Technology stocks led the way following an encouraging report from Microsoft. asked Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. "

  • *S&P, Dow stay on winning way, hits record peaks. NEW YORK, July 20- Upbeat company earnings lifted U.S. and European stock prices on Wednesday, with the Dow and Standard& Poor's 500 setting record highs, while the dollar reached a four-month peak on bets the U.S. "For the rally to sustain we are going to need to see continued improvement in the earnings and economic...

  • *Oil falls about 1.5 pct ahead of inventory data. July 20- The Dow and the S&P 500 were little changed on Wednesday, easing after hitting fresh intraday records, as the boost to tech stocks from Microsoft's results was curbed by a drop in energy stock as oil prices fell. Microsoft was up 4.9 percent at $55.72, making it the biggest boost to the three major indexes, after...

  • Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology companies after Microsoft reported surprisingly strong results. Microsoft jumped 5 percent after the company reported big gains in its cloud computing services. Intuitive Surgical and uniform rental company Cintas also rose sharply after their own results beat forecasts.

  • GLENVIEW, Ill. _ Illinois Tool Works Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $525 million. Illinois Tool Works expects full-year earnings to be $5.50 to $5.70 per share. Illinois Tool Works shares have climbed 20 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased roughly 6 percent.

  • *Asia stock, bond prices rise together on returns push, rate cuts. SINGAPORE, July 20- Asia's emerging-market stock and bond prices have soared this year, but their gains should not be mistaken for a bullish vote of confidence in the region- quite the contrary. The biggest gains from this year's lows have been in Thailand, India and Taiwan.