Stock index recovery challenged

Tuesday's Index Wrap-up

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) ended the day on Tuesday with a gain of 337.32 points, or 2.87%, and closed at 12,103.58.All of the Dow's thirty index components ended the session with gains over 1%. The strongest were Caterpillar (CAT) (+5.13%), JP Morgan (JPM) (+4.92%), Home Depot (HD) (+4.35%), and Alcoa (AA) (+4.10%).

The S&P 500 ($SPX) finished the session with a gain of 35.95 points, or 2.98%, and closed at 1,241.30. The strongest individual percentage performers in the index were Pulte Group (PHM) (+10.38%), Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) (+9.26%), and Juniper Networks (JNPR) (+8.94%). Only six index components in the S&P 500 ended the session in the red. Red Hat (RHT) (-8.90%) was the weakest.

The Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) ended the session lower by 80.59 points, or 3.19%, on Tuesday and it closed at 2,603.73. The top index components in the Nasdaq-100 ($NDX) were First Solar (FSLR) (+7.80%), Nuance Communications (NUAN) (+6.97%), and F5 Networks (FFIV) (+6.74%). Only Research In Motion (RIMM) (-2.87%) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) (-0.61%) posted a loss.

S&P 500 (Figure 2)

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