U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with the blue-chip Dow rallying to a fresh four-year high, as market sentiment was boosted by upbeat manufacturing data.
When the market closed, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 65.77 points, or 0.50 percent, at 13,279.40. The Standard & Poor's 500 was up 7.91 points, or 0.57 percent, to 1,405.82. The Nasdaq Composite Index increased 4.08 points, or 0.13 percent, to 3,050. 44.
The blue-chip Dow rallied as much as 125 points in early trading after the Institute for Supply Management said its factory index unexpectedly climbed to 54.8 in April, the highest in ten months, from 53.4 in March, while investors were expecting for a drop to 53.
In a separate report, the Commerce Department said construction spending went up slightly in March, following two months of declines.
Earlier, data from China showed its manufacturing sector was expanding in the fifth straight month. Chinese official PMI for April came in at 53.3, below the consensus of 53.6, but up from 53. 1 in March and also the highest in more than a year.