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US Stocks inch mostly higher in midday trading; Kellogg and Sysco rise on earnings gains

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stock indexes are mostly higher in midday trading on Wall Street as more companies report earnings gains.

Kellogg and Sysco, a food distributor, rose after their earnings beat analysts’ estimates.

BlackBerry plunged after the struggling company gave up trying to find a buyer and replaced its CEO.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up two points, or 0.1 per cent, at 1,763 as of noon Monday.

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 11 points, less than 0.1 per cent, to 15,603, held back by declines in Visa and DuPont.

The Nasdaq composite was up six points, or 0.2 per cent, at 3,928.

Investors are looking ahead to the highly anticipated public offering of Twitter on Thursday and the Labor Department’s employment survey on Friday, which was delayed by the government shutdown.