Street-blasting earnings from Apple, Yahoo, McDonald’s and Boeing are powering exchange traded funds (ETFs) early today. Meanwhile, Wall Street’s biggest banks delivered earnings results amid stepped-up scrutiny from regulators.

Two tech giants were market superstars in the first quarter.

  • Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) announced its best non-holiday quarter ever yesterday after the market’s close: a 90% rise in profit and a 49% increase in sales. Despite a slow economy, consumers showed their Apple love by snapping up iPhones, iPods and now iPads in droves. Following the announcement, shares surged 5% to a record high in after-hours trading.
  • Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO), a company that has struggled of late, finally saw its revenue move higher for the first time in more than a year last quarter. The gains primarily came from online advertising, which is Yahoo’s main income source. It surged 20% in the last year.

As a result, iShares Dow Jones U.S. Technology (NYSEArca: IYW) is up about 0.4% today; Apple is 10.4%; Yahoo is 1.1%. [Tech ETFs Riding on Robust Earnings Results.]

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is the latest among the big banks to announce strong earnings in the first quarter, further lifting the SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE), which is up nearly 2% this morning. Morgan Stanley racked up $4.1 billion in sales, compared with $1.4 billion a year ago. [6 ETFs for a Financial Sector Recovery.]

Despite the fact that Boeing’s (NYSE: BA) profit declined nearly 15% in the first quarter, beating expectations, the company says it’s still on target for delivery of the 787 by the end of the year. The 787 has been hotly anticipated; analysts had been concerned that delivery would be pushed back once again. Boeing expects revenue next year to be higher. PowerShares Aerospace & Defense (NYSEArca: PPA) is up 0.7% this morning; Boeing is 6.3% of the fund.

Consumers want value, McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) gave it and was handsomely rewarded for doing so. Earnings rose 11% in the first quarter, based on strong sales both worldwide and domestically as consumers gravitated toward the fast food eatery’s value menu. PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage (NYSEArca: PBJ) is up about 0.2% this morning; McDonald’s is 4.7%. [Restaurant ETFs Looking Mighty Tasty.]

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