US mid-morning: Stocks rise on low volumes ahead of election

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LONDON (ShareCast) - -Stocks rise sharply ahead of elections

Dow Jones Industrial: 1.26%
Nasdaq Comp.: 0.64%
S&P 500 (SNP: ^GSPC - news) : 0.97%

The main US equity benchmarks are now registering sharp gains, albeit on low trading volumes. That ahead of the result of tonight´s elections and on a light day in terms of macroeconomic data.

Worthy of note, the enormous volatility we are witnessing in some share prices, following the release of their latest quarterly results.

In this regard, investors are having to digest double digit percentage point swings in the share prices of companies such as Computer Sciences (NYSE: CSC - news) , AOL (NYSE: AOL - news) , Office Depot (Dusseldorf: 958655.DU - news) and THQ Inc (NasdaqGS: THQI - news) .

Amongst some of the tamer moves, pharmacy chain CVS Caremark (Dusseldorf: CVS.DU - news) has today beat analysts' profit estimates, while Express Scripts Holding, on the other hand, is seeing its stock price plunge after describing analysts' profit estimates for 2013 as "overly aggressive."

Analysts at Bank of America (NYSE: IKJ - news) have upgraded their view on shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG - news) to buy from neutral.

Satellite TV provider Dish Network has reported a surprise third-quarter fall in profitability. Marsh & McLennan (Dusseldorf: 949811.DU - news) , on the other hand, unveiled a third-quarter profit jump of 85% but on lower than forecast revenues.

Job openings in the United States fell to 3.56m in September, from 3.66m in the month before. This year´s peak was reached back in March, at 3.74m.

Front month West Texas crude futures are now rising by 2.78%, to the 88.53 dollar level on the NYMEX.

10 year US Treasuries are declining by 10/32 dollars, with yields at the 1.78% level.

S&P 500 - Risers
Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC (SES: E1:C06.SI - news) ) $37.35 +18.73%
First Solar Inc (NasdaqGS: FSLR - news) . (FSLR) $24.88 +6.67%
Apollo Group Inc. (APOL) $21.53 +6.53%
Phillips 66 Common Stock (PSX) $50.66 +6.07%
Tesoro Corp. (TSO) $39.14 +5.98%
United States Steel Corp. (X) $22.36 +5.82%
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG) $280.25 +5.68%
Ryder System Inc (NYSE: R - news) . (R) $47.63 +5.12%
Valero Energy Corp (NYSE: VLO - news) . (VLO) $30.35 +5.09%
Hasbro Inc (Dusseldorf: 938042.DU - news) (HAS) $37.97 +4.98%

S&P 500 - Fallers
Fossil Inc (NasdaqGS: FOSL - news) . (FOSL) $83.30 -11.48%
Express Scripts Holding Co (ESRX) $55.76 -11.32%
Federated Investors Inc. (FII) $20.85 -5.87%
Tenet Healthcare Corp (Dusseldorf: 353733.DU - news) . (THC) $24.53 -5.36%
Cablevision Systems Corp. (CVC (Taiwan OTC: 4744.TWO - news) ) $15.65 -5.35%
NYSE Euronext Inc. (NYX) $24.32 -5.04%
Frontier Communications Co. (FTR (SNP: ^FTRY - news) ) $4.45 -3.99%
Discovery Communications Inc. Class A (DISCA) $57.73 -2.89%
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) $64.17 -1.76%
Denbury Resources Inc. (DNR) $15.30 -1.61%

Dow Jones I.A - Risers
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) $14.46 +3.21%
United Technologies Corp. (UTX) $80.18 +2.93%
Boeing Co (NYSE: BA - news) . (BA) $72.40 +2.83%
Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT - news) . (CAT) $88.56 +2.06%
Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA - news) . (AA) $8.77 +1.92%
3M Co. (MMM) $91.16 +1.74%
American Express Co. (AXP) $57.33 +1.72%
Travelers Company Inc. (TRV) $70.24 +1.64%
Coca-Cola Co. (KO) $37.36 +1.60%
Bank of America Corp. (BAC) $9.90 +1.50%

Dow Jones I.A - Fallers
Intel Corp (NasdaqGS: INTC - news) . (INTC) $21.77 -0.29%
AT&T Inc. (T) $34.82 -0.03%

Nasdaq 100 (Nasdaq: ^NDX - news) - Risers
Apollo Group Inc. (APOL) $21.53 +6.53%
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) $13.81 +4.62%
Seagate Technology Plc (STX (KSE: 011810.KS - news) ) $30.08 +4.28%
Sears Holdings Corp (NasdaqGS: SHLD - news) . (SHLD) $67.74 +4.14%
Applied Materials Inc (NasdaqGS: AMAT - news) . (AMAT) $11.51 +3.74%
Randgold Resources Ltd. Ads (MCX: APDS.ME - news) (GOLD) $121.62 +3.71%
F5 Networks Inc. (FFIV) $87.87 +3.22%
Expeditors International Of Washington Inc. (EXPD) $38.26 +3.07%
Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS) $64.78 +2.96%
Lam Research Corp (Xetra: 869686 - news) . (LRCX) $37.90 +2.88%

Nasdaq 100 - Fallers
Fossil Inc. (FOSL) $83.30 -11.48%
Express Scripts Holding Co (ESRX) $55.76 -11.32%
DIRECTV (DTV) $49.94 -1.42%
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc (NasdaqGS: SIRI - news) . (SIRI) $2.81 -0.71%
Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) $31.42 -0.51%
Intel Corp. (INTC) $21.77 -0.29%
Dollar Tree Stores Inc. (DLTR) $39.44 -0.23%
Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM) $98.07 -0.10%
Monster Beverage Corp (MNST) $45.01 -0.07%
Ross Stores Inc. (ROST) $57.81 -0.03%

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