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US stock prices turn higher in midday trading on Wall Street; Macy's up after earnings rise

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stock prices are shaking off a morning slump and turning higher in midday trading on Wall Street.

Macy’s rose 2 per cent, or 97 cents, to $48.36 after reporting a 20 per cent profit increase, despite cool temperatures.

The market got off to a weak start after the Federal Reserve reported that manufacturing slowed last month.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 45 points at 15,260 as of noon Eastern Daylight Time Wednesday, a gain of 0.3 per cent. It was down 40 points in the morning.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose six points to 1,656, or 0.4 per cent. Both the Dow and S&P closed at record highs the day before.

The Nasdaq composite rose seven points, or 0.2 per cent, to 3,469.