NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed on Wall Street Tuesday, rebounding after their biggest drop in two months a day earlier. The gains were led by the technology sector. If the Dow Jones industrial average ends the day higher, it will be only its third gain of the year.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index climbed 13 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,833 as of 12:10 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 72 points, or 0.5 percent, to 16,331. The Nasdaq composite rose 50 points, or 1.2 percent, to 4,164.
Time Warner Cable rose $3.70, or 2.8 percent, to $136.10 after Charter Communications intensified its pursuit of the company. Charter said Monday it would bring an offer directly to shareholders if needed after getting rebuffed by Time Warner Cable's management.
Intel climbed 87 cents, or 3.5 percent, to $26.38 after analysts at JPMorgan raised their rating on the stock to "overweight" from "neutral," predicting that demand for PCs will stabilize this year and that the company's CEO will focus improving margins and returns.
Jabil Circuit jumped $1.09, or 6.6 percent, to $17.68 after Goldman Sachs added the electronics company to its "conviction buy," list, predicting that its earnings for next year could be better than most analysts are expecting.
Investors were watching results from two big banks. JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, rose 7 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $57.74 after reporting gains in most of its divisions except for investment banking.
Wells Fargo was flat at $45.59 after America's biggest mortgage lender reported a sharp drop in its mortgage business even as its bottom-line income rose 11 percent.
Despite the slow start to the year — the S&P 500 index is down 1.2 percent in 2014 after a gain of almost 30 percent last year — many investors remain optimistic that stocks will end this year higher, as well and regard the current slump as a pause rather than a collapse.
"Valuations have been certainly been pushed higher, so (stocks) are no longer cheap," said Eric Wiegand, senior portfolio manager at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. "But we would contend that they are still fair."
Americans spent more on clothing and online in December, but they cut back almost everywhere else. Retail sales rose just 0.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Sales had risen sharply in October and November, helped by brisk auto sales.
Intuitive Surgical jumped $36.51, or 9.2 percent, to $429.58 after the company said it will report revenue in the fourth quarter that is higher than Wall Street analysts are forecasting, as procedures performed with its robotic da Vinci system increased.
GameStop plunged $8.02, or 17.7 percent, to $37.31 after the world's largest video game retailer gave a profit forecast that fell below Wall Street's expectations for its crucial holiday quarter, despite higher-than-expected sales.
Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.86 percent from 2.83 percent on Monday. The price of oil climbed 91 cents, or 0.9 percent, to $92.73. Gold fell $7.50, or 0.6 percent, to $1,243 an ounce.
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Original headline: US stocks move higher a day after big loss
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