Stocks Mixed; Dow Up 15

Investors show caution as 2nd-quarter earnings season beings
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2009 3:21 PM CDT
The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, July 8, 2009.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – Stocks were mixed today as investors await companies' second-quarter reports. Shares of Alcoa, which kicks off the earnings season with a report after the close, fluctuated but closed slightly higher. The Dow finished up 15 points at 8,178, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Nasdaq gained 1 point to close at 1,747, while the S&P 500 lost 1 point to settle at 880.