Stocks eke out gains on mixed earnings

AP News
Posted: Oct 26, 2010 5:19 PM
Stocks eke out gains on mixed earnings

MARKET HELD IN CHECK: The Dow Jones industrial average gained 5.41, or 0.1 percent, to finish at 11,169.46. In one sign of the mixed day in the market, half of the 30 companies in the Dow index fell while the other half rose.

HOME PRICES SLIP: Fifteen of the 20 cities in the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index saw price declines, renewing fears of a stalled real estate market.

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INCREASES: A report showed that consumers have a slightly better outlook on the economy, which helped send clothing, restaurant and luxury companies in the Standard and Poor's 500 index up 0.4 percent.