MARKET PULSE-Cliffs, Verizon, Vodafone, United Parcel, Akamai
April 25 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks on the move on Thursday:
WALL ST RISES ON EARNINGS, DROP IN JOBLESS CLAIMS
Stocks rose, boosted by gains in shares of materials companies, including iron ore producer Cliffs Natural Resources, and by a drop in weekly jobless claims. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 78.16 points, or 0.53 percent, at 14,754.46. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 11.02 points, or 0.70 percent, at 1,589.81. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 28.70 points, or 0.88 percent, at 3,298.35.
** EXXONMOBIL CORP, $88.25, down 1.3 pct (1227 ET)
The world's largest publicly traded oil company's quarterly profit edged up as results were helped by higher earnings in its chemicals business.