Stocks flip between gains and losses; Cisco climbs

NEW YORK (AP) — Cisco Systems led the Dow Jones industrial average slightly higher today after the technology company reported higher sales.

Mixed corporate earnings and economic reports kept the major stock indexes flipping between slight gains and losses.

Shortly after noon, the Dow was up 12 points at 15,288. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up less than a point at 1,659.

The news on the economy today wasn't encouraging. Applications for unemployment benefits rose last week, and manufacturing slowed in the mid-Atlantic region. The manufacturing report from the Philadelphia branch of the Federal Reserve sent bond prices up in morning trading and turned stocks lower, but not for long.

"We've been seeing a lot of that this year," said Scott King, an investment adviser at Unified Trust Co. in Lexington, Ky. "The news isn't great, yet the market holds tight."

Cisco jumped 13 percent, or $2.68, to $23.87. Cisco turned in quarterly results late Wednesday that beat analysts' expectations, with the help of better revenue from the U.S. and emerging markets.

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