With no major economic releases due out Wednesday, investors focused on company earnings as reporting for the first quarter draws to a close.
Whole Foods and Electronic Arts rose sharply after the companies predicted higher profits. AOL plunged after its profit came up short of what analysts were looking for.
The Dow rose 48 points to 15,105, a gain of 0.3 per cent.
Standard & Poor's 500 index rose six points to 1,632, an increase of 0.4 per cent. The Nasdaq composite rose 16 points to 3,413, or 0.5 per cent.
Two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was average at 3.5 billion shares.