Ford reported a surprising first quarter profit to lift the markets higher during the midday with the Dow climbing 53 points to 12,817. Nasdaq gained 17 points to 2422.
On the upside
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on the NYSE and while decliners edged out advancers by nearly 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks added 3 points to 711.