Stocks rise on Wall Street, led by technology

Stocks edge higher as Fed begins a two-day policy meeting; Goodyear soars after earnings gain

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This July 29, 2013 photo, Trader Michael Conlon rushes across the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock futures rose modestly Tuesday, July 30, 2013, with most investors taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of a two-day Fed policy meeting. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are edging higher in midday trading on Wall Street after several big companies turned in solid earnings.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 23 points, or 0.1 percent, to 15,544 shortly before noon Eastern Daylight Time Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 was up four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,689. Seven of the index's 10 industry sectors rose, led by technology stocks.

The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 28 points, or 0.8 percent, to 3,627. Apple, the biggest component of the index, rose 2 percent to $456.

Investors were keeping a close eye on the Federal Reserve. The central bank began a two-day policy meeting Tuesday.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber jumped 10 percent to $18.74 after its earnings more than doubled. Sales in Latin America rose sharply.

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