Stocks: Positive start to earnings season

January 9, 2013: 8:38 AM ET
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

Trading could be quiet on Wednesday, as investors wait for more corporate earnings to confirm a positive start to the reporting season.

U.S. stock futures pointed to a flat open.

Aluminum producer Alcoa (AA) became the first Dow component to report fourth-quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, posting earnings in line with expectations but better-than-expected sales. The news sent shares of the company nearly 2% higher in premarket trading.

Shares of wireless broadband provider Clearwire (CLWR) surged in after-hours trading Tuesday on news that Dish Network (DISH) had offered to buy the company, kicking off a takeover battle with Sprint (S). Shares of sprint were down nearly 3% in premarket trading.

However, U.S. stocks fell for the second day in a row on Tuesday, as investors cautiously braced for Corporate America to start reporting quarterly earnings.

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European markets were slightly higher in afternoon trading, while Asian markets ended mixed. The Shanghai Composite closed even on the day, while the Hang Seng added 0.5% and Japan's Nikkei advanced 0.7%.

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Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,162.38 188.07 1.11%
Nasdaq 4,553.22 3.99 0.09%
S&P 500 1,990.26 7.96 0.40%
Treasuries 2.30 -0.02 -0.77%
Data as of 3:24pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Facebook Inc 74.08 -1.78 -2.35%
Bank of America Corp... 17.00 0.02 0.09%
Intel Corp 32.59 -1.33 -3.92%
Avon Products Inc 9.84 -1.12 -10.22%
Apple Inc 106.64 -0.70 -0.65%
Data as of 3:09pm ET