Stock indexes are poised for earnings season

S&P 500 (Figure 2)

Index Wrap Up

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) ended the day on Tuesday with a gain of 330.06 points, or 2.97%, and closed at 11,433.18. Just over a third of the Dow's thirty index components posted a gain. The top performers were Alcoa (AA) (+2.08%), Caterpillar (CAT) (+1.93%), and Bank of America (BAC) (+1.43%). AT&T (T) (-1.37%), Travelers Companies (TRV) (-1.33%), and Merck (MRK) (-1.30%).

The S&P 500 ($SPX) finished the session with a gain of 39.43 points, or 3.41%, and closed at 1,194.89. The top percentage performers in the index were Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) (+7.21%), Citrix Systems (CTXS) (+5.50%), Citigroup (C) (+5.10%), and Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT) (+4.67%). The weakest were First Solar (FSLR) (-6.47%), CME Group (CME) (-3.41%), and Kohls Corp. (KSS) (-3.21%).

The Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) ended the session higher by 86.70 points, or 3.5%, on Tuesday and it closed at 2,566.05. The strongest performers in the Nasdaq-100 ($NDX) were Citrix Systems (CTXS) (+5.50%), Research In Motion (RIMM) (+5.08%), and Baidu (BIDU) (+3.96%). The weakest were First Solar (FSLR) (-6.47%), Netflix (NFLX) (-2.65%), and Gilead (GILD) (-2.34%).

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