NEW YORK (AP) - Stock indexes are edging higher in midday trading following reports that the International Monetary Fund could get more cash to help countries struggling to manage their debt.
Stocks got another push Wednesday from a surprising report on the housing market. The National Association of Home Builders index rose to its highest level since June 2007 as sales jumped.
The Dow Jones industrial average is up 45 points to 12,527 as of 11:45 Eastern time. That's an increase of 0.4 percent. Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase are the Dow's leading stocks.
The S&P 500 index rose 6 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,300. The Nasdaq rose 21 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,749.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. gained 5 percent after the investment bank reported earnings that trumped analysts' expectations.
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