Stock Rise amid Earnings, Data

AT&T and Altria were among Dow members posting solid quarterly results. July consumer confidence came in ahead of expectations

Stocks finished higher Tuesday, extending the previous session's rally as investors digested a fresh mix of earnings reports and unexpectedly solid economic data. Morning weakness attracted bargain hunters, while oil prices fell on optimism that Israeli-Hezbollah fighting will be contained, says Standard & Poor's Equity Research.

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