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Stocks inch higher ahead of economic reports
Stocks inch higher ahead of economic reports

Rising profits and corporate moves nudged the U.S. stock market higher in early Tuesday. Major indexes in Europe and Asia climbed ahead of a string of U.S. and Chinese economic reports later this week. KEEPING SCORE: As of 10:20 a.m. Eastern time, the Standard & Poor's 500 index was up five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,984. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 68 points, 0.4 percent, to 17,050, while the Nasdaq composite picked up 21 points, or 0.5 percent, to 4,466. With most of July behind it, the S&P 500 has gained 1.2 percent. STILL CLIMBING: This week marks the half-way point for second-quarter earnings, and the overall results look solid. Second-quarter earnings are...