The rally shows its strength by shrugging off weakness in Japan and worries about next week's Fed meeting. Exxon, Chevron and Whole Foods report results.
Stocks are lower after beginning the session down and moving mostly sideways during the morning hours.
The company's earnings fell but it has been focusing on improving efficiencies with new processes and technologies across the product line.
US markets are set for a higher open on China's possible stimulus moves as more corporate results are on tap.
The sector has been lagging the S&P 500. Its relative underperformance may present an opportunity for investors.
Several corporate earnings are on tap, including Dow component McDonald's, and could shape trading.
US markets are set for a higher open ahead of Alcoa reporting results later in the day.
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