Toward the end of trading Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.50 percent to 20,727.45 while the NASDAQ gained 0.30 percent to 5,856.03. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.50 percent to 2,362.95.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Tuesday, industrial shares fell by 0.04 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unilever N.V. (ADR) (NYSE: UN ), down 8 percent, and Magal Security Systems Ltd. ( USA ) (NASDAQ: MAGS ), 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
Tronox Ltd (NYSE: TROX ) shares shot up 34 percent to $19.30. Tronox announced plans to acquire Cristal's TiO(2) business and also agreed to sell Alkali Business. Tronox posted a Q4 loss of $0.14 per share on revenue of $548 million.
Community Health Systems (NYSE: CYH ) shares were also up, gaining 33 percent to $9.20 after reporting upbeat Q4 results.
Equities Trading DOWN
Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN ) shares dropped 36 percent to $4.55 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 Global Eagle Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: ENT ) were down around 31 percent to $4.30. Global Eagle named Jeff Leddy as Chief Executive Officer. Dave Davis resigned as CEO effective February 20, 2017.
Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTK ) was down, falling around 41 percent to $1.63 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 1.38 percent to $54.52 while gold traded down 0.07 percent to $1,238.20.
Silver traded down 0.21 percent Tuesday to $18.07, while copper rose 1.27 percent to $2.75.
European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone's STOXX 600 rose 0.64 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.36 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.34 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 1.18 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.49 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.34 percent.
The Markit flash manufacturing PMI dropped to 54.3 in February, versus a reading of 55 in January.
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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