Traders highlight earnings as 2nd half approaches

Top trades for the 2nd half: INTC, GS, BAC

The "Halftime Report" traders highlighted the importance of earnings as the second half of the trading day began.

Jim Lebenthal focused on Intel's pop, less than 24 hours after the chipmaker reported its quarterly numbers.

Pete Najarian said he's watching Goldman Sachs. The investment bank is scheduled to report earnings before tomorrow's opening bell.

Trader disclosure: On April 15, 2015, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC's "Fast Money" were owned by the "Halftime Report" traders: Pete Najarian is long AMAT, AAPL, BABA, BAC, BMY, CSX, KKR, KO, LLY, LOCO, MBLY, MRK, PFE, SAP, he is long calls AA, ABT, BBBY, BK, CBS, CNX, DB, EEM, EXXI, F, FL, GE, GM, GS, GT, HD, HOG, JPM, KO, LYB, MAC, MYL, NEE, NTAP, OC, PBR, PEP, PFE, RAD, SYY, TEVA, UA, UAL, UFS, XLF, XOM, ZIOP, today he bought OC calls, today he sold CSX calls, DAL calls. Jon Najarian is long ABT, ADBE, ADP, ADT, AN, ATVI, BBY, BSX, CIT, EQT, EVEP, EXXI, FEYE, GE, HUN, MNST, MRVL, MW, NEE, NRG, OAS, PG, POST, RHT, SCTY, SIRI, SKX, SOL, SYK, TEVA, TTWO, TWX, WMB, XLI, XPO, ZIOP, he is long calls AKS, APD, BABA, BBY, CIT, EQT, EVEP, EWJ, GE, GRPN, IDTI, MET, MNST, MYL, NTAP, PG, PPC, PRU, RAD, SAP, SKX, SNDK, TAP, TWX, XPO, ZIOP, today he bought CIT, CIT calls, EVEP, EVEP calls, SKX, SKX calls. Josh Brown is long AAPL, DE, DGRE, DIS, DNKN, FCX, FSLR, GBX, MBLY, SAM, SHAK, SPWR, TNET, TWTR, VWO, XLE, XON. Jim Lebenthal is long AAPL, BP, C, DCO, EEQ, GAIA, GM, IBM, INTC, JCP, MPC, OA, ORBC, PFE, QCOM, SJT, SPLS, TGT, TIF, TRMB, WGO.