Wall Street rises on upbeat earnings, recovery optimism By Reuters

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By Devik Jain and Shreyashi Sanyal

(Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes rose on Wednesday as upbeat quarterly results from companies including Verizon and Coca-Cola (NYSE:) reignited optimism about the health of corporate America.

Coca-Cola Co rose 1.9% after boosting its full-year sales forecast, while Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:) added 1.1% after it beat estimates for quarterly results.

“Everybody knows this is going to be the biggest year-over-year growth rate for earnings in the second quarter,” said Tom Martin, senior portfolio manager at GLOBALT Investments.

Wall Street ended sharply higher on Tuesday, rebounding from a multi-day losing streak, as a string of upbeat earnings reports and revived economic optimism fueled a risk-on rally.

“There-is-no-alternative (TINA) and fear-of-missing-out (FOMO) are driving the market higher. Every time there’s a dip in the market, people think that’s the opportunity to put more money to work,” Martin said.

Ten of the 11 major S&P sectors advanced in early trading, with economically sensitive industrials, materials, financials and energy leading gains.

The rate-sensitive banking sub-index added 1.9%, tracking Treasury yields. [US/]

Market participants are also closely watching the second-quarter earnings season to justify sky-high valuations at which the market trades right now.

For the year so far, the benchmark has gained 15.8% on optimism about a stronger recovery due to vaccinations and favorable monetary policy.

Graphic: U.S. stock market’s rising valuation: https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/klvykekqevg/Pasted%20image%201626872586030.png

United Airlines rose 4.2% after its revenue quadrupled from a year ago and topped estimates with a strong domestic travel rebound.

Rivals American Airlines (NASDAQ:) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE:) added more than 3.5% each ahead of their results on Thursday.

However, a weak subscriber growth projection by Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:), which benefited from the stay-at-home environment last year, pushed its shares down 3.6%.

At 10:07 a.m. ET, the was up 267.57 points, or 0.78%, at 34,779.56, the S&P 500 was up 25.89 points, or 0.60%, at 4,348.95 and the was up 59.54 points, or 0.41%, at 14,558.42.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:) gained 9.2% as brokerages raised their price targets on the burrito chain’s stock after it beat estimates for earnings and comparable quarterly sales.

Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:) jumped 13.4% to the top of the S&P 500 index after the advertising firm posted an upbeat second-quarter profit.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:) edged 0.1% after the drugmaker forecast upbeat 2021 earnings, while Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE:) fell 3.6% even as it reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 3.88-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 3.20-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq. The S&P index recorded 31 new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 31 new highs and 19 new lows.

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