Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.33 percent to 20,691.26 while the NASDAQ gained 0.22 percent to 5,851.16. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.36 percent to 2,359.71.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Energy shares climbed by 0.94 percent in trading on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX ), and Seadrill Ltd (NYSE: SDRL ).
In trading on Tuesday, industrial shares fell by 0.23 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unilever N.V. (ADR) (NYSE: UN ), down 8 percent, and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp (NYSE: WAB ), down 6 percent.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
Wal-Mart posted Q4 earnings of $1.30 per share on revenue of $130.94 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.29 per share on revenue of $131.22 billion.
Equities Trading UP
Delta Natural Gas Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGAS ) shares shot up 16 percent to $30.23 after the company agreed to be acquired by Peoples Gas for $30.50 per share in cash.
Shares of Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EYEG ) got a boost, shooting up 51 percent to $2.47 as the company reported a licensing agreement with Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE: VRX ).
Community Health Systems (NYSE: CYH ) shares were also up, gaining 26 percent to $8.66 after reporting upbeat Q4 results.
Equities Trading DOWN
Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN ) shares dropped 34 percent to $4.70 despite a positive development in Phase 3 trials. Trevena announced positive top-line results from ongoing Phase 3 trials called "APOLLO-1" and "APOLLO-2." The studies evaluated the safety of Trevena's oliceridine therapy in patients for 48 hours following bunionectomy and 24 hours following abdominoplasty.
Shares of Cidara Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CDTX ) were down around 39 percent to $7.10 after the company disclosed unfavorable results of Phase 2 RADIANT trial of CD101 topical in VVC.
Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTK ) was down, falling around 46 percent to $1.49 after the company disclosed that it has decided to idle its Wawa facility. Rentech is also exploring strategic alternatives for the firm.
In commodity news, oil traded up 1.80 percent to $54.75 while gold traded down 0.29 percent to $1,235.50.
Silver traded down 0.21 percent Tuesday to $18.07, while copper rose 1.62 percent to $2.76.
European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 rose 0.75 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.46 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.69 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 1.27 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.58 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.24 percent.
The Markit flash manufacturing PMI dropped to 54.3 in February, versus a reading of 55 in January.
Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker will speak in Philadelphia at 12:00 p.m. ET.
The Treasury will auction 4-week bills and 2-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.
San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams is set to speak in Boise, Id. at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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