BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Hospital operators, SmartPros, Envision
(For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for the Day Ahead newsletter, link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stocks rallied after two days of losses, boosted by strong results from McDonald's and Dow Chemicals and hints of the European Central Bank extending its stimulus program. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 1.29 percent at 17,389.25, the S&P 500 was up 1.27 percent at 2,044.67 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 1.35 percent at 4,905.24.
** MCDONALD'S CORP, $109.48, +6.77 pct
The world's biggest restaurant chain by sales reported its first rise in quarterly global same-restaurant sales in more than a year as demand recovered in China, where it had struggled after a food safety scandal, and menu changes boosted sales in the United States.
** DOW CHEMICAL CO, $49.8, +4.89 pct
The company said it would "review all options" for its agrosciences business, after the unit reported its third straight quarter of sales decline on Thursday.
** COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, $26.45, -34.77 pct Continued...