Investors on Wall Street took heart in economic data on Tuesday, putting a stop to two straight sessions of heavy selling by the closing bell as stocks rallied across the board.
The street kept in mind the relatively brutal US winter season, and was unflinching at the Department of Commerce’s new home sales report for the month of February that indicated contracts to buy new homes during the period were off by 3.3 percent. Meanwhile, there were bright spots in the form of the Conference Board’s index of consumer conference that showed a reading of 82.3 for the month of March, a significant jump from the previous month’s 78.3, and well ahead of forecasts for a reading of 78.5.
On the international scene, succor came from financial giant Morgan Stanley (MS) , who reiterated its buy recommendation on Chinese stocks, and was flatly dismissive of the growing consensus that the world’s most populous nation and economic lynch-pin would enter a downturn significant enough to disrupt global markets.
Results for Tuesday, March 25
? Standard & Poor’s 500: +0.44 percent to 1,865.62
? Dow Jones Industrial Average: +0.56 percent to 16,367.88
? NASDAQ: +0.19 percent to 4,234.27
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