Trader F. Hill Creekmore works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — Strong earnings from big U.S. companies helped push the stock market mostly higher in early trading Friday.

The Standard and Poor’s 500 index rose six points, or a third of a percent, to 1,738, in the first hour of trading. The S&P 500 index was pushing further into record territory a day after closing at an all-time high.

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