MARKET PULSE-Agnico, Fusion-IO, WiLan, Symantec, Washington Banking
Oct 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday, as investors grappled with a host of corporate earnings and muddled batch of economic data. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.42 percent at 15,478.33, the S&P 500 was up 0.16 percent at 1,749.1 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.29 percent at 3,918.512.
** DOW CHEMICAL CO, $39.60, down 3.5 pct (9:90 a.m. ET)
The company which is looking to exit businesses that are exposed to commodity price swings, said it planned to raise at least $3 billion to $4 billion from asset sales.
** INTERNATIONAL PAPER CO, $45.32, up 2.1 pct (11:07 a.m.)
The largest provider of shipping boxes for Amazon.com Inc and other giant e-commerce companies reported better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by strong sales of corrugated packaging for shipping boxes.