Dow Up 46 Ahead of Earnings China reports big 56% jump in imports from year-ago By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Jan 11, 2010 3:12 PM CST 5 comments Comments Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. Stocks zigzagged early Monday as investors awaited an earnings from Alcoa Inc. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Newser) – The markets were mixed today as traders awaited the launch of quarterly earnings season, which began after the bell. Dow component Caterpillar gained on trade figures from China, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow gained 45.80 points to close at 10,663.99. The Nasdaq lost 4.76, settling at 2,312.41. The S&P 500 gained 2.00, closing at 1,146.98.