Stocks Edge Higher

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2009 8:48 AM CDT
A pair of Barclays Capital specialists work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, April 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – Stocks got a modest boost at the open, as better-than-expected earnings battled with stress test anxiety. The Dow rose 51 points, while the S&P and Nasdaq added 0.6% and 0.4% respectively, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ford skyrocketed 19% after reporting a mere $1.4 billion—and more importantly burned through less cash. American Express and Microsoft also beat estimates; the Dow components were up 12% and 3.4% respectively.