Stocks surge ahead on earnings from Intel, JP Morgan

Business Materials 17 April 2008 06:01

( dpa ) - US stock indices surged to their highest one-day gain in two weeks on Wednesday after technology and financial companies both posted earnings that were stronger than expected.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, reported a 12-per-cent drop in first-quarter profits but a 9-per-cent rise in revenue to 9.7 billion dollars, suggesting the US economic downturn did not significantly hurt sales.

JP Morgan Chase, which last month bought ailing US investment bank Bear Stearns, said profits fell 50 per cent to 2.37 billion dollars in the wake of the US home mortgage crisis. Shares rose as the earnings report matched or beat analysts' expectations.

Investment bank heads, in comments over the past week, have suggested the credit crisis may be coming to an end.

The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 256.80 points, or 2.08 per cent, to 12,619.27. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose 30.28 points, or 2.27 per cent, to 1,364.71. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index added 64.07 points, or 2.8 per cent, to 2,350.11.

The US currency fell against the euro to 62.72 euro cents from 63.33 euro cents on Tuesday. The dollar also edged down against the Japanese currency to 101.77 yen from 101.85 yen on Tuesday.

Gold gained 16.30 dollars to 948.30 dollars per fine ounce.