Stock indexes open higher; tech, consumer-focused companies gain


Netflix was the day's biggest earnings victor among prominent companies, surging almost 10 percent after reporting better-than-expected gains in its global subscriber base and a quarterly profit that almost tripled from a year ago. Netflix soared after saying it gained more than 8 million subscribers at the end of 2017. "They see a huge opportunity and they are moving as fast as they can to attack it".

Verizon slipped 0.43 percent as its quarterly profit fell short of Wall Street estimates but revenue beat expectations as it added phone subscribers.

Following the good corporate news Nasdaq rose by 0.7%.

Bond prices rose and yields fell after the Bank of Japan said it isn't cutting back its stimulus programs. Both indexes hit new records.

"The earnings season is going phenomenally well, and the government shutdown on Friday was reversed yesterday, so we've got the government behind us for the next couple of weeks", Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist at Federated Investors, told Bloomberg.

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In the cash market, the Dow settled at 26210.81, down 3.79 or -0.01%.

Johnson & Johnson fell 4.26 percent, dragged down by a $13.6-billion charge related to the new USA tax law and a court ruling on a crucial patent on its blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade.

France's CAC40 Index fell 0.1 percent.

Carrefour also plans to cut 2,400 jobs in France, it said in a statement.

The stock closed with a 3.2 percent gain in Paris.