Thu, Jul 18, 2013 10:26 AM EDT 1:05
Solid earnings gains at major U.S. companies are driving stocks higher in early trading on Wall Street. The advance put the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index back into record territory. Dell is delaying a vote on founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private in a sign the board needs more time to find rally support. Once a hotbed for avid fans of cult comic and fantasy genres, San Diego's Comic-Con has become an important stop for film studios and directors looking to gauge the responses of the convention's savvy audience. Gareth Edwards, director of Warner Bros.' 2014 film "Godzilla," who made his first trip to Comic-Con last year to discuss possibly rebooting the monster movies, said audience reaction helped get the film approved for production. "I hadn't really comprehended how significant it was going to be for the film.