The Dow gained +5.75 (+0.04%) to close at 12,883.95. Nasdaq, S&P 500 and Russell 2000 all closed higher (a bit).
Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) closed higher, delivering their earnings report and guidance after the close. The company earned 47 cents per share, topping analysts’ expectations, on sales of $11.5 billion.
After the close notable stocks expected to report earnings include NWPX, CVA, FNF, SCSS, SPTN, TCO, IRBT, RA, SGMO, AKAM, ARRS, BDN, EFX, GPRE, HGR, ORLY, RE, SCI, TBI, TQNT, V, CALD, CINF, EXEL, FEIC, IM, NANO, SPRT, SPSC, BGC, FMC, NBIX, ATML, BMR, CBL, THOR, AFFX, CXW, FBN, KIM, KRG, MTRX, NWSA, ONNN, OSUR, PAA, PRU, RRTS, UHAL, WFM, MTD, PNG, TWTC, ANDE, ARAY, DIOD, GCOM, VLNC, CSCO, DVOX, ENS, FLT, GGP, CIM, GIL, GRPN and TRIP.
Tomorrow before the open, notable stocks expected to report earnings include AGU, ALR, AIV, AUO, CTSH, CSC, CTSH, CVH, CVS, ICE, LVLT, PLD, RAI, S, TWX, UMC, and WYN.
European stocks closed modestly higher while Asian markets ended with solid gains.
The dollar was higher against the euro, Japanese yen and British pound.
Oil for March delivery rose 30 cents to settle at $98.71 a barrel.
Gold futures for April delivery dropped $17.10 to $1,731.30 an ounce.
The price on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury fell, pushing the yield up to 1.98% from 1.97% late Tuesday.
Home Depot (HD) reports earnings on 2/21/2012 before the market open.
Kraft Foods (KFT) reports earnings on 2/21/2012 after the market close.
Wal-Mart (WMT) reports earnings on 2/21/2012 before the market open.
Hewlett Packard (HPQ) reports earnings on 2/22/2012 after the market close.