But shares drift lower as crude oil drops. Refining and marketing and chemical margins push the results.
Hedge fund manager Li Lu, who fled China after the Tienanmen Square protests, has emerged as a candidate to become Berkshire Hathaway's chief investment officer.
After a morning sell-off, the Dow trims its loss to 31 points, thanks to Merck, General Electric and Chevron. Kellogg sags on weak guidance. Jobless claims dip. Gold and oil move up.
The company's refining and chemical businesses fuel the gains. Oil and gas production is steady, but prices are higher.
The Federal Reserve sees a softening economy. Boeing results disappoint. Durable-goods orders decline. Sanofi may offer $70 a share for Genzyme.
The company beats Street estimates on earnings, but revenue is lower than expected. The company expects to meet full-year guidance.
Stocks rebound sharply from the May-June sell-off and enjoy a boffo performance.
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