U.S. stock indexes headed higher Tuesday, a day before the Independence Day holiday.
The Commerce Department gave confidence a boost, reporting factory orders rose 0.7 percent in May over April. Economists had expected a far more meager gain of 0.2 percent.
In early afternoon, the Dow Jones industrial average added 72.43 percent or 0.56 percent to 12,943.82. The S&P 500 gained 8.51 points or 0.62 percent to 1,374.02. The Nasdaq composite index gained 24.85 points or 0.84 percent to 2,976.08.
The 10-year benchmark treasury note fell 13/32 to yield 1.633 percent.
The euro rose to $1.2606 from Monday's $1.2576. Against the yen, the dollar rose to 79.87 yen from 79.51 yen.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 index gained 0.7 percent, 63.11, to 9,066.59.
In London, the FTSE 100 index added 0.83 percent, 47.09, to 5,687.73.
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