The news was equally good for Morgan Stanley, which reported earnings of 71 cents a share, beating estimatesof 44 cents.
Elsewhere in earnings, Dow components Verizon and Du Pont also posted earnings beats . In addition, fellow Dow component Travelers , also easily beat its Street view.
Microsoft, AMD and Capital One are among companies scheduled to report after the closing bell on Thursday.
Gilead Sciences surged after an experimental hepatitis C drug acquired by the biotech company produced encouraging results in a clinical trial.
Existing home sales data for March will be released at 10 a.m. Economists polled by Briefing.com forecast 4.62 million sales were made in March compared with 4.59 million in February.
At 10 a.m. on Thursday the Philadelphia Fed index will be released. Economists polled by Briefing.com forecast the monthly index fell from 12.5 in March to 10.3 in April.
The Conference Board releases its leading economic indicators index for March at 10 a.m. Economists polled by Briefing.com forecast a 0.2 percent rise, compared with a 0.7 percent increase in February.
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