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Stocks mostly higher as company earnings reports pour in
Stocks mostly higher as company earnings reports pour in

U.S. stocks fluctuated between gains and losses Tuesday as investors worked through the latest round of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average was up 58 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,096 as of 12 p.m. Eastern. It was down 120 points earlier. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose four points to 2,113 and the Nasdaq composite was unchanged at 5,065. HEALTHY: Merck rose $2.88, or 5 percent, to $59.96. While the company's profits fell 44 percent from a year ago, the results still handily beat analysts' estimates. Adjusted earnings for the maker of diabetes drugs...

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