U.S. stocks rose Thursday after better-than-expected earnings reports from Bank of America and other major companies.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped about 470 points, or 1.4%. The S&P 500 gained 1.4% and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.4%.
Third-quarter earnings season continued Thursday with several big banks and Dow members reporting financial results before the bell.
Eight members of the S&P 500 reported earnings this morning and all eight beat earnings-per-share expectations from Wall Street.
“So far, the overwhelming majority of large US companies have been able to generate higher profitability despite rising labor costs because sales growth has been so robust. We expect the same to be true in 3Q,” Mark Haefele, chief investment officer of UBS Global Wealth Management, said in a note Thursday.
Dow constituent UnitedHealth also gained after the companies’ quarterly results topped estimates and was the top performer on the blue-chip average.
Meanwhile, falling rates boosted technology stocks. The benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield dipped, typically benefiting high-growth names as lower rates lift the value of companies’ future earnings.
Big Tech stocks Microsoft, Apple and Facebook each rose at least 1%, while and Google-parent Alphabet gained more than 2%, providing the market with support.
Caterpillar was among the Dow’s biggest gainers after Cowe