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Mixed earnings hold back US stocks

Mixed earnings hold back US stocks

NEW YORK: Mixed earnings reports -- with General Electric and McDonald's beating expectations, while Caterpillar fell short -- held back US markets Friday, though Microsoft gave Nasdaq a solid boost. Caterpillar's poor quarter helped knock the Dow Jones Industrial Average of 30 blue chips off 43.25 points (0.34 per cent) to close at 12,681.16. The broader S&P 500 added 1.22 points (0.09 per cent) to 1,345.02, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite jumped 24.40 points (0.86 per cent) to stand at 2,858.83. "Markets ended the week in a mixed mood, cheered by earnings that have generally beat expectations and a plan to address the sovereign debt woes in Europe, but suffering from trepidation with a lack of resolution on an agreement regarding the US debt ceiling," said analysts at Charles Schwab. US industrial bellwether Caterpillar said second-quarter profits surged 44 per cen...

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