The markets climbed during the midday with the Dow soaring 127 points to 13,114 over news that the Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators edged up 0.1% in April. While the gain was modest, it was greater than the expected 0.1% decrease. Nasdaq jumped 18 points to 2547.
On the upside
The sale of Campbell Soup's (NYSE: CPB) Godiva brand lifted third quarter earnings for the food company but adjusted earnings fell short of estimates as soup sales dropped.
On the downside