Dow enjoys another triple-digit rally ahead of earnings

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Anticipation of better-than-expected third-quarter earnings sent stocks to a second straight session of strong gains Tuesday. Investors appear to be betting that the upcoming reporting season -- which unofficially starts after tomorrow's market close with Alcoa (AA) -- will exceed Wall Street estimates.

The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) rose 131points, or 1.4 percent, to close at 9,731, while the broader S&P 500 ($INX) gained 14 points, or 1.4 percent, to 1,055. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) added 35 points, or 1.7 percent, to finish at 2,104.
All 30 Dow components enjoyed gains Tuesday, lead by Alcoa, which rose 3.5 percent, and Intel (INTC), which added 2.8 percent.

For more on stocks making moves today, be sure to check out BloggingStocks' market wrap up.
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