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US stocks registered their first gains of the new year Tuesday, with the Nasdaq adding nearly one percent, helped by a solid November trade report.
NEW YORK: US stocks registered their first gains of the new year Tuesday, with the Nasdaq adding nearly one percent, helped by a solid November trade report.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 105.84 points (0.64 percent) at 16,530.94.
The broad-based S&P 500 gained 11.11 (0.61 percent) at 1,837.88, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite added 39.50 (0.96 percent) at 4,153.18.
The gains cut a three-session losing streak that began on the first trading day of the year.
The US monthly trade gap fell to US$34.3 billion in November, the smallest shortfall since September 2009, helped by a drop in oil imports and a gain in exports to a record US$194.9 billion.
Shares also got a boost after a key political issue was cleared late Monday when the Senate voted to approve Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve.
Yellen will now take the lead at the Fed on February 1.
JPMorgan Chase shares lost 1.2 percent after the Justice Department and banking regulators ordered it to pay US$2.24 billion to victims of the 2008 Madoff Ponzi scheme and another US$350 million penalty to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for its role as the main banker for jailed financier Bernard Madoff.
UnitedHealth Group led the Dow, adding 3.1 percent helped by an upgrade from analysts at Deutsche Bank.
Twitter continued to fall, losing 7.3 percent on analyst doubts about its valuation. On Monday Morgan Stanley cut its price target to US$33, saying Facebook and Google were better online advertising plays. Twitter finished Tuesday at US$61.46.
Volatile Netflix meanwhile gave up 5.6 percent after Morgan Stanley cut its rating for the streaming video company, one of 2013's top gainers.
Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year US Treasury fell to 2.94 percent from 2.96 percent Monday, and the 30-year dropped to 3.88 percent from 3.90 percent. Bond prices and yields move inversely.