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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11:07 pm

(AP) — Stocks are poised to jump on the heels of strong earnings results by Intel Corp. and other companies.

Intel rose 6 percent in pre-market trading. The chip-maker said Tuesday its first-quarter net income rose 29 percent because of rising demand for personal computers. The results handily beat analysts' expectations and proved tablet computers haven't made PCs obsolete.

Yahoo Inc. rose 4 percent in pre-market trading after it reported that cost-cutting efforts pushed its first-quarter earnings above Wall Street's expectations.

Computer giant IBM Corp. also blew past earnings expectations, with first-quarter net income rising 10 percent, but slipped 1.1 percent in pre-market trading. The company's stock performance might have been dented because it signed fewer contracts for service abroad during the quarter.

Later this morning, the National Association of Realtors will report on the number of people who bought previously occupied homes in march. Economists expect that homes were purchased at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5 million, a jump from February's 4.88 million pace. For the housing market to be considered healthy, 6 million homes a year would have to be purchased. In February, the median sale price of a home fell to its lowest level in nearly nine years, largely because many of the homes sold were in the foreclosure process.

In pre-market trading, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 48 points, or 1.2 percent, to 12,374. Standard & Poor's 500 futures rose 19, or 1.4 percent, to 1,327. Nasdaq 100 futures rose 30, or 1.3 percent, to 2,340.

On Tuesday, strong earnings from Johnson & Johnson and a report that builders broke ground in March on more new homes than analysts expected pushed stocks higher. The Dow rose 65, or 0.5 percent, to close at 12,266. The S&P 500 index rose 8, or 0.6 percent, to close at 1,313. The Nasdaq composite rose 10, or 0.4 percent, to close at 2,744.

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