The Nasdaq Composite Index
was clinging to meager profits early Friday as excitement for technology-related stocks later blockbuster earnings from a number of this juggernauts of the sector seemed to momentarily wane. The Nasdaq Composite was up roughly 0.2% and temporarily turned negative but was up by as many as 159 points or 1.5%, driven by earnings from Apple Inc.
and Facebook Inc.
among others after stronger-than-expected results late Thursday. Gains for the wider market seemed to soften after small opening profits, together with the Dow Jones Industrial Average
down 0.6% and the S&P 500 indicator
off 0.3%, weighed against declines in energy
considered more economically sensitive sectors of this marketplace.