Dow futures leap 115 points on Caterpillar earnings

3M, Caterpillar earnings boost Dow to another record close

The advance put the three main indexes on pace for their best four-week run since 2016.

Intel's INTC.O shares surged about 9 percent to their highest in nearly two decades, after results indicated that the chipmaker's shift to higher-margin data-center business was gaining pace.

Intel's (O:) shares jumped more than 9 percent to their highest in nearly two decades, after strong results offered the clearest sign yet that its years-long effort to shift away from a slowing PC business was paying off.

USA stocks spent a second day flipping between small gains and losses Thursday as investors again looked for hints about the Trump administration's stance on global trade and the dollar.

Dow Jones industrial average futures gained 100 points, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures advanced 8 points and 37 points, respectively.

Another set of data showed new orders for key US -made capital goods unexpectedly fell in December.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 35.21 points, or 0.22 per cent, at 16,239.22.

Yamana Gold Inc. rose almost 2.3 per cent to $4.51 and Alamos Gold Inc. gained 3 per cent to $7.86.

As of Thursday, 77 percent of the S&P 500 companies that had reported surpassed earnings expectations, while 79 percent of those companies had beaten sales estimates, according to USA financial information company FactSet.

S. growth data. official in support of a weak dollar and following Friday's U. S.

The S&P healthcare index .SPXHC was the biggest gainer among the 11 major S&P sectors, up 1.3 percent, led by gains in AbbVie, Pfizer and Gilead.

Enbridge Inc. lost 1.1 per cent to $47.05, while TransCanada Corp. fell 0.8 per cent to $57.24. That's the highest level for that benchmark rate since July 2014.



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