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Stocks edge higher in midday trading; Apple up sharply
Stocks edge higher in midday trading; Apple up sharply

Strong earnings from Apple, Boeing and other companies helped nudge U.S. stocks slightly higher in midday trading Wednesday. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 63 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,450 as of 12:08 p.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,032. The Nasdaq composite added 19 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,700. The indexes are rebounding after closing sharply lower on Tuesday. FED WATCH: The Fed ends its first policy meeting of the year Wednesday afternoon, after which it is widely expected to repeat its pledge to stay patient in raising interest rates from record lows. Inflation has fallen further below the...

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