US stocks rose on Tuesday on hopes that Greek debt negotiations could result in a deal that stabilizes Europe, while Apple helped lift the S&P 500 and Nasdaq as it became the first US company worth more than USD 700 billion.
Apple Inc shares closed up 1.9 percent to USD 122.02 after it priced Swiss franc bonds.
S&P 500 utilities were the day’s strongest sector, after declining the day before, and the energy sector pared losses despite a slump in crude prices.
Investors focused on news from Greece and Ukraine, said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital in New York.
“Today you’re bouncing off a 50-day moving average, which is a pure technical play. The fundamentals are improving a little bit because the situation in Ukraine did not explode. That was a concern over the weekend. Also, Greece hasn’t fallen off the radar,” Sarhan said.
The European Commission said there was no formal proposal for resolving Greece’s debt problems, although talks were intensive ahead of a series of meetings of euro zone finance ministers and EU leaders in Brussels.
But the Commission is expected to introduce a compromise proposal, according to a report by MNSI, citing unnamed sources.
“You have a headline-driven market that moves every time there’s a headline on Greece,” said Joe Saluzzi, co-manager of trading at Themis Trading in Chatham, New Jersey. “It doesn’t shock me, yet it doesn’t make any sense.”
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 139.55 points, or 0.79 percent, to 17,868.76, the S&P 500 gained 21.85 points, or 1.07 percent, to 2,068.59 and the Nasdaq Composite added 61.63 points, or 1.3 percent, to 4,787.65.