Dow getting a 22-point boost from IBM’s stock rally, J&J’s decline after earnings

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The premarket stock moves of companies reporting earnings would add about a net 22 points to the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s price, as a rally in International Business Machines Corp. shares more than offset a drop in Johnson & Johnson’s stock . Dow futures rose 79 points. IBM’s stock surged 4.0% toward a 3 1/2-month high ahead of the open, with the implied price gain acting as a 37-point boost to the Dow’s price. IBM reported late Tuesday revenue that surprisingly increased from a year ago and an adjusted profit that beat expectations. Johnson & Johnson shares slipped 1.5% after the consumer products and pharmaceutical company topped fourth-quarter profit expectations but came up a bit shy on revenue, with the implied price decline acting as a 15-point drag on the Dow.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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