Stocks held at session highs as a two-day tech rally extended into a third and better-than-expected earnings from Mondelez International Inc. (MDLZ) and Kellogg Co. (K) swept the consumer staples sector higher. All indexes were on track to end the month with gains.
Mondelez, parent of brands such as Oreo and Triscuit, reported a 2% increase in sales. Organic revenue growth of nearly 3% was thanks to strength in its Latin America business.
Consumer confidence rose to its best level in more than 16 years in October. Consumers have grown more optimistic over the short-term outlook, particularly improving business conditions. However, expectations for job growth dropped.
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