NEW YORK - U.S. stocks inched up at the open on Wednesday, boosted by earnings from companies like Boeing, Pepsi and Microsoft, though conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip weighed on investor confidence.
- A rise in margins has raised hopes that Apple Inc may be able to hold the line on pricing ahead of the launch of new iPhones later this year.
- Dow Chemical Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose and margins improved due to higher prices and a tight control on costs.
Israeli forces pound multiple sites across the Gaza Strip and says it's meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists, as diplomats try to end the bloodshed. Sarah Toms reports.