Stocks post modest gains as earnings roll in

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Associated Press

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 12:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving higher at the beginning of another big week for company earnings.

Halliburton rose 3 percent after the oil exploration company posted a profit for the first quarter, bouncing back from a loss in the same period a year ago. Athenahealth, a provider of online services for the health care industry, slumped after its earnings fell short of analysts' forecasts.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,868 in midday trading Monday. The index is coming off its best week since July.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 25 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,434.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.70 percent.

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