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Stocks up on Wall Street after 3 days of losses

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks rose for the first time in four days Tuesday following a slump prompted by worries about global growth. Investors are assessing U.S. company earnings news as the Federal Reserve starts its January policy meeting. Emerging markets stabilized as policymakers in Turkey said they would take action to stem the decline of the nation's currency.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained six points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,787 as of 12:23 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 54 points, or 0.4 percent, to 15,893. The Nasdaq fell six points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,077.

STOPPING THE ROT: The Turkish lira was little changed against the dollar after the nation's central bank signaled that it is preparing to reverse course and raise interest rates to combat inflation. The currency's decline was at the center of an emerging market slump that prompted the global sell-off in stocks. The lira was trading at 2.30 per dollar on Wednesday and has fallen six percent against the dollar this year.

OVER THERE: Global financial markets stabilized Tuesday, following several days of turmoil in stocks and emerging market currencies. The FTSE 100 index of leading British closed up 0.3 percent at 6,572 while Germany's DAX rose 0.6 percent to 9,406. The CAC-40 in France rose 1 percent to 4,185. Asian markets were mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.2 percent to 14,980 and while South Korea's Kospi edged up 0.3 percent to 1,916.

THE LAST BIG THING: Apple slumped $36.75, or 6.7 percent, to $513.67 after the company's first-quarter results released late Monday disappointed investors. Apple also provided a cautious second-quarter revenue forecast. First-quarter shipments of iPhones were below expectations, reinforcing perceptions that Apple is now mostly selling its mobile devices to repeat customers who are upgrading, instead of reeling in new customers.

CABLE GUYS: Comcast gained 53 cents, or 1 percent, to $53.03 after the cable company said it had added 43,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter, the first gain in six and a half years, as the uptake of its X1 set-top box helped it retain customers and increase revenue from video-on-demand. Comcast also said it is raising its quarterly dividend and will buy back more of its own stock.

COMPANY EARNINGS: Fourth-quarter earnings at major U.S. companies are projected to rise by 6 percent in the fourth quarter from the same period a year ago. Of the companies that have reported results so far, about two-thirds have met or beaten investors' expectations, according to S&P Capital IQ.

After signs of accelerating economic growth in the fourth quarter, some investors are disappointed that companies aren't seeing signs of stronger demand.

“People were hoping, generally, for better earnings,” said David Lafferty, chief market strategist for Natixis Global Asset Management. “We've sort of met expectations, but we haven't significantly exceeded them.”

THE FED: Most analysts expect that Federal Reserve policymakers will further reduce the central bank's bond purchases by $10 billion to $65 billion. The Fed has been buying the bonds to keep long-term interest rates extremely low to encourage lending and hiring. The policy helped power a stock market rally last year that pushed markets to record levels.

DRUGS BEAT: Pfizer gained 67 cents, or 2.3 percent, to $30.34 after the company reported earnings that beat analyst expectations as it cut costs. Health-care stocks had some of the biggest gains of the 10 sectors in the S&P 500 index.

BONDS AND COMMODITIES: Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed to 2.77 percent from 2.75 percent. The price of oil rose $1.69, or 1.8 percent, to $97.41 a barrel. Gold fell $11.10, or 0.9 percent, to $1,252.70 an ounce.

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