DJIA / Market Close for Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Dow closed up +181.19 (+1.41%) at 12,986.58. The S&P 500, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 were all up a similar amount.

Earnings from JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) are due Friday.

After the market closed today, Google (GOOG) beat earnings expectations, with a profit of $2.9 billion for the first quarter, up 61% from a year earlier, as revenue climbed 24% to $10.7 billion. Google also announced an unorthodox stock split.

Hewlett-Packard’s (HPQ) stock jumped following news that the company’s PC sales in the United States grew by nearly 7% over the first quarter of 2011, outpacing every other competitor (even Apple), according to estimates compiled by tech research firms Gartner and IDC.

The Dow component stocks were led higher today by HPQ (+7.22%), CAT, BAC, AA, BA and INTC. There were only 4 losing Dow stocks which included MCD, MRK, PG and PFE.

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