Stocks climbed on Wednesday. Brands stepped up on a variety of economic data. Activision Blizzard jumped 7% today after announcing a stock buyback and cost-reduction plan which offset news of a weaker-than-expected profit forecast. In M&A moves, Johnson & Johnson agreed to acquire surgical robotic technologies manufacturer Auris Health for $3.4 billion. J&J added 0.2% on the news. Elsewhere, consumer prices held steady in January. The Consumer Price Index was unchanged versus an expected 0.1% increase. Core CPI, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2% last month.