How the major stock indexes fared Wednesday (AP)

AP – Better than expected earnings reports from three corporate bellwethers helped push stocks to their fourth day of gains on Monday, even though the companies themselves didn’t get to enjoy the rally. Intel Corp. and JP Morgan Chase & Co. both fell by more than a percent despite announcing double-digit gains in profits. Their earnings reports, however, contained nuggets of hopeful news on the direction of the broader economy.

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