U.S. stocks closed solidly higher Tuesday as several big companies delivered positive surprises in their quarterly earnings reports. Health care companies led the gains, which were broad and wiped out modest market losses from the day before. Energy stocks also rose as the price of crude oil recovered from an earlier slide.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 75.54 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,161.94.
The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 13.10 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,139.60.
The Nasdaq composite added 44.01 points, or 0.9 percent, to 5,243.84.
For the week:
The Dow is up 23.56 points, or 0.1 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 6.62 points, or 0.3 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 29.68 points, or 0.6 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 736.91 points, or 4.2 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 95.66 points, or 4.7 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 236.43 points, or 4.7 percent.
This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings