Midway through trading Wednesday, the Dow traded up 1.26 percent to 15,358.64 while the NASDAQ surged 1.11 percent to 3,836.04. The S&P also rose, gaining 1.28 percent to 1,719.82.
Bank of America's quarterly profit surged to $2.5 billion, from $340 million, in the year-earlier quarter. Its per share earnings came in at $0.20, beating analysts' estimates of $0.19 per share.
Its revenue declined to $22.2 billion, from $22.5 billion.
Shares of MGIC Investment (NYSE: MTG ) got a boost, shooting up 14.83 percent to $8.34 after the company reported upbeat Q3 profit.
Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK ) were down 13.39 percent to $77.53 after the company reported a 44% rise in its third-quarter earnings and cut its outlook for the year.
Green Dot (NASDAQ: GDOT ) was down, falling 4.91 percent to $20.55 after Janney Capital downgraded the stock from Neutral to Sell.
Commodities In commodity news, to $102.08, while gold traded down 0.07 percent to $1,272.30.
Silver traded up 0.16 percent Wednesday to $21.23, while copper rose 0.20 percent to $3.31.
Eurozone European shares today. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.75 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index gained 1.45 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.47 percent and the French CAC 40 declined 0.29 percent while U.K. shares gained 0.34 percent.
Economics The MBA's index of mortgage application activity fell 0.30% for the week ended October 11, from a prior reading of 1.30%.
The NAHB housing market index declined to 55 in October, versus 57 in September. However, economists were expecting a reading of 57.00.
The Federal Reserve will release its Beige Book at 2:00 p.m. ET.
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