NEW YORK – Better news on home building and corporate earnings are sending stocks higher.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 41 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,882 as of 9:36 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,975. The Nasdaq climbed six points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,515.
Investors were encouraged by a bounce in home construction in July and news that consumer prices rose last month at the slowest pace in five months.
Home Depot rose 4 percent after reporting that its quarterly income surged thanks to a rebound in its spring selling season.
Home builders rose. Lennar and KB Home each rose 3 percent.
Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.36 percent.