Stocks Rise amid Auto Sales, Earnings

The Dow closed at a six-year high after solid quarterly reports and largely disappointing April vehicle sales numbers

Stocks finished higher Tuesday, led by the blue-chips, as reports came in on April vehicle sales and energy stocks enjoyed rising oil prices. Gains reflected sentiment that the previous session's late sell-off on reported comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Barnanke was overdone, says Standard & Poor's MarketScope.

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