The celebration, however, may be short-lived as massive defense spending cuts loom.
The iPhone maker is set to report earnings after the closing bell, while the telecommunication giant reports higher second-quarter profit.
Stocks pare earlier losses after new European easing measures and signs of improvement in the US labor market.
Prosecuting lawmakers for their actions will be difficult because of broad protections under the Constitution.
The defense contractor's services revenue have been growing at a good pace.
Dow Chemical is downgraded to 'neutral,' and eBay is initiated with a 'buy.'
The extension of Operation Twist makes stocks that pay a healthy dividend more attractive than ever.
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