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Dow Skyrockets to Historic Closing Level; IBM Paring Gains after Sluggish Quarter Report

US major stocks were on a wild rally during Tuesday session as the blue chip index, Dow Jones Industrial Average skyrocketed above 18,000 which is its historic closing level since July.

The S&P 500 SPX moved higher 5 points, or 0.3%, to 2,099, with materials and energy sector components proving to be the best performers. The Dow (DJIA) surged 52 points, or 0.2%, to 18,058, but its gains were wiped out by IBM, which was hurting the blue-chip average after getting its 16th consecutive quarterly decline in revenue.

The earnings results are on cards for IBM Corp.’s first quarter of 2016 and they are persisting to gather in next generation units consisting of cloud, mobility, and security. Cloud revenue — which consists of cloud-as-a-service — is $10.8 billion over the last twelve months. Revenues from mobile surged an enormous 88%.

International Business Machines Corp.(NYSE:IBM) business moved up 18% in the quarter. It was no shock that blue chip titan reported a decline in revenue for the sixteenth (16th) straight quarter. But the bottom line is something else. IBM has been ending thirty years’ worth of heritage businesses over the last few years, and they haven’t completed yet. Shares of IBM were down to knees almost 5% during Tuesday session.

Shares of other Dow players Johnson & Johnson and UnitedHealth Group Inc. spiked following their quarterly earnings performances, assisting to compensate the damage from Goldman Sachs Group Inc.and IBM.

On Tuesday Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) shares were on a surge following the US pharmaceutical tycoon declared robust sales, reported first-quarter results that exceeded Wall Street estimates and lifted its fiscal outlook. The New Brunswick, N.J.-located firm declared its results were harmed by a sluggish worldwide currency impact of 6.6%, and Venezuela’s currency deflation, but forecast foreign exchange rate enhancements. Johnson & Johnson shares surged 2.24% to $113.42 per share in morning session.

On the other hand, UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) enhanced revenues in the initial quarter in spite of losses from participation in Affordable Care Act exchanges that are leading the firm to move out those marketplaces in almost five states. The nation’s biggest insurer reported Tuesday that its initial quarter revenue surge 25%, to $44.5 billion as compared to that three month period in 2015. Adjusted earnings jumped 17% to $1.81 per share, versus the first quarter of 2015, beating analysts estimates by nine cents, according to Zacks Research.

External to the Dow, shares of Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE:HOG) rose after better-than-expected earnings, while Philip Morris International Inc. PM, -1.46% shares declined following the tobacco giant reported sluggish-than-predicted first-quarter results.

Philip Morris International Inc.(NYSE:PM) reported its profit estimation for the year as it observes currency hurdles fading, while declaring sluggish -than prediction expected first-quarter results Tuesday. For 2016, the cigarette maker raised its forecast earnings to a range of $4.40 to $4.50 a share on a reported basis, up from prior guidance of $4.25 to $4.35 a share, which includes special items. The company expects most growth to come in the second half of the year, particularly in the fourth quarter. Philip Morris, which sells the leading Marlboro brand internationally, has seen its cigarette volumes grow lately as the European economy strengthens.

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) shares after reporting weak earnings late Monday. Netflix gave a disappointing forecast for subscriber growth, while Big Blue turned in better-than-expected earnings but said revenue fell for a 16th straight quarter.

For most of the time, Netflix Inc. was undoubtedly the best out there for consumers heeding a variety of quality streaming content, but that could be changing. And the service might try to change if it wants to maintain pace. Netflix reported in a letter to stock owners on Monday that above half its users in the United States still pay either $7.99 or $8.99 a month for the standard high-definition streaming plan, which lets users to watch on two screens concurrently. The price of the same plan for fresh members is $9.99.


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