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Wall Street rises as strong Netflix, Goldman earnings impress


By Sruthi Shankar

(Reuters) - indexes rose on Tuesday as strong earnings from Netflix, and companies boosted optimism over what is expected to be the strongest earnings season in seven years.

shares surged 6.2 percent after the video-streaming pioneer smashed analysts' quarterly subscriber estimates, helped by a blitz of original content.

rose 0.6 percent after the investment bank's quarterly profit blew past Wall Street's expectations, powered by a surge in trading revenue and higher fees from debt and equity underwriting.

"The reports were pretty good and should help the overall market," said Robert Pavlik, at in

"As you go forward, financials seem to be one of the logical places to be invested in, especially in a rising interest rate environment. It's the matter of markets finally having attention drawn away from the political (news)."

Analysts expect profit at the companies to rise 18.6 percent in the first quarter, the biggest increase in seven years, according to data.

At 9:41 a.m. ET, the was up 0.92 percent at 24,799.54. The gained 0.67 percent to 2,695.89 and the rose 0.92 percent to 7,222.07.

Nine of the 11 S&P sectors were higher, led by a 1.3 percent gain in the consumer discretionary index.

jumped nearly 5 percent after the largest U.S. raised its earnings forecast and posted results that beat estimates.

fell 0.4 percent, reversing course from premarket after the company reported a better-than-expected profit and raised its full-year sales forecast.

The earnings season has helped take away some focus from geopolitical and trade concerns, which have roiled the markets in recent months.

Shares of automakers Fiat Chrysler, and rose between 0.2 percent and 3 percent after said it was scrapping a limit on foreign ownership of automotive ventures.

A U.S.-led attack on over the weekend has so far not prompted any military retaliation from Russia, easing fears over the conflict escalating.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE for a 2.46-to-1 ratio and on the Nasdaq, for a 2.25-to-1 ratio.

(Reporting by in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:41 IST