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Mixed earnings hold back US stocks

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm •  Published: January 21, 2014
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Alcoa surged 77 cents, or 6.8 percent, to $12.13 after analysts at JPMorgan raised their price target for the stock, predicting Alcoa will benefit from tightening aluminum markets.

After surging almost 30 percent last year, stocks are starting the year in a more subdued fashion. The S&P 500 is down 0.3 percent for the year.

In bond trading, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.83 percent from 2.82 percent on Friday. U.S. markets were closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Among other stocks making big moves:

— Delta increased $1.01, or 3 percent, to $32.08 after reporting a better-than-expected profit in the fourth quarter as fares and traffic rose. The airline's president said demand was strong, and forecast that profit margins would increase in the current quarter.

— Expedia dropped $3.02, or 4.2 percent, to $67.67 after a blog Search Engine Land reported Expedia online visibility fell dramatically, and cited actions taken by Google to punish companies that it believes are trying to game its search algorithms. Officials from Expedia did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.