Dow Starts February Up 118 Exxon's quarterly results beat expectations By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Feb 1, 2010 3:23 PM CST 4 comments Comments Traders surround Specialist Michael O'Mara, center, at the post that handles Valassis Communications Inc. on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Newser) – Stocks rallied today on a strong earnings report by ExxonMobil and data showing the US factory sector performed well in January, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow added 118.30 points to close at 10,185.53. The Nasdaq gained 243.85, closing at 2,171.20. The S&P 500 rose 15.31 to settle at 1,089.18.