Stocks Finish Up Slightly

Investors got a boost from better-than-expected retail data for December, and braced for Intel's fourth-quarter results after the bell Tuesday

Despite trading down earlier in the session on concerns about an economic recovery, U.S. stocks managed to finish with slight gains on Tuesday. Investors focused on better-than-expected economic data in the retail sector and braced for fourth-quarter results from tech bellwether Intel (INTC ), due after the closing bell.

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