Positive Tech News Lifts Stocks

Bullish comments from chip-gear outfit KLA-Tencor boosted sentiment. Traders looked past a revenue shortfall at Alcoa and blasts in India

Stocks finished higher Tuesday, recovering from early lows after upbeat comments from a semiconductor bellwether. Disappointing Alcoa (AA) revenue and reduced guidance from Lucent Technologies (LU) kept major indexes underwater for most of the session. Explosions on a commuter train in India added to worries, says Standard & Poor's Equity Research.

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