The Standard & Poor's 500 was up nearly 8 points to 1079. Analysts said that, as the third quarter earnings period began to wrap up, the market's focus has started moving back towards the international arena.Reuse content
STOCKS WERE higher at midday due to optimism about a strong aid package for Brazil and a cheering rate cut in Italy. After an initial bout of selling in financial stocks eased, stocks moved higher, buoyed by strength in oils and hi-techs. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 39 points to 8491.