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Stocks edge higher in midday trade on Wall Street

November 4, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are mostly higher in midday trading on Wall Street as more companies report earnings gains.

Kellogg and Sysco, a food distributor, rose after their earnings beat analysts’ estimates.

BlackBerry plunged after the struggling company gave up trying to find a buyer and replaced its CEO.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up two points, or 0.1 percent, at 1,763 as of noon Monday.

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 11 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 15,603, held back by declines in Visa and DuPont.

The Nasdaq composite was up six points, or 0.2 percent, at 3,928.

Investors are looking ahead to the highly anticipated public offering of Twitter on Thursday and the Labor Department’s employment survey on Friday, which was delayed by the government shutdown.

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