The markets traded modestly higher during the midday over Mars' $23 billion offer for Wm. Wrigley Jr. The Dow gained 26 points to 12,917 while Nasdaq rose 7 points to 2430.
On the upside
Shares of Sysco (NYSE: SYY) climbed ahead of its third quarter earnings release.
Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) updated its iMac computers with faster processors and more powerful graphics.
Shares of Visa (NYSE: V) rose ahead of its first earnings report as a publicly traded company.
On the downside
X-Rite (Nasdaq: XRIT) ended an interest rate swap agreement it had with Goldman Sachs and is negotiating the payment of its settlement amount.
Brasil Telecom received a buyout offer of approximately $3.5 billion from rival Oi Paricipacoes (NYSE: TNE).
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks added 2 points to 724.