The S&P 500 ($SPX) rose 5.52 points or 0.42%, and closed at 1,324.57. Consumer discretionary shares led the index. The top individual percentage performers in the were Urban Outfitters (URBN) (+5.55%), Family Dollar Stores (FDO) (+5.19%), JC Penney (JCP) (+4.91%), and Harman Intl. Inds. (HAR) (+4.42%). The top percentage losers were Becton Dickinson & Co. (BDX) (-5.38%), Coventry Health Care (CVH) (-4.98%), Principal Financial Group (PFG) (-4.33%), and NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) (-3.51%). Energy and utilities were the only sectors to post a loss for the session.
The Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) ended the session higher by 13.06 points, or 0.47%, on Tuesday and it closed at 2,797.05. The strongest shares in the Nasdaq-100 were Urban Outfitters (URBN) (+5.55%), Sandisk (SNDK) (+4.18%), Amazon.com (AMZN) (+3.76%), and Millicom Intl. Cellular (MICC) (+3.22%). Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) (-5.38%), NVIDIA (NVDA) (-2.97%), Ctrip (CTRP) (-2.61%), and Broadcom (BRCM) (-1.98%) were the weakest.