Market Wrap: Stocks Up 4th Session in a Row as Energy Gains

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By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK -- Wall Street gained for a fourth straight session Tuesday, its longest winning streak since January, buoyed by the energy sector as oil prices rebounded from early declines.

Oil prices were initially lower on concerns a deal between Iran and six global powers would result in more supply, but turned higher after it became apparent sanctions on Tehran's crude exports would not be removed immediately.

%VIRTUAL-pullquote-The big news is clearly in the oil markets and the fact there was an agreement reached.%"The big news is clearly in the oil markets and the fact there was an agreement reached," said David Lefkowitz, senior equity strategist at UBS Wealth Management Americas in New York.

"There is still, frankly, a lot of uncertainty about exactly what it will do in terms of oil supply."

The S&P energy sector advanced 0.8 percent, led by a 0.8 percent gain in Exxon Mobil (XOM) to $83.11. Brent settled up 1.1 percent to $58.51 and U.S. crude settled up 84 cents to $53.04 a barrel.

Gains were broad, with nine of the 10 major S&P 500 sectors ending higher, led by a 1 percent gain in the health care index. The Nasdaq biotech index jumped more than 2 percent to hit a record high for the second time in three weeks.

The Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) rose 75.9 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,053.58, the Standard & Poor's 500 index (^GSPC) gained 9.35 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,108.95 and the Nasdaq composite (^IXIC) added 33.38 points, or 0.7 percent, to 5,104.89.

Earnings Season

Investors have shifted focus to corporate profits as the pace of quarterly results begins to pick up speed, diverting attention from the debt crisis in Greece and the massive sell-off in Chinese stocks.

U.S. companies are expected to report their worst sales decline in nearly six years when they post second-quarter results, while earnings are expected to have fallen 2.8 percent, according to Thomson Reuters estimates.

JPMorgan and Wells Fargo helped lift financials by 0.4 percent after posting quarterly results. JPMorgan (JPM) rose 1.4 percent to $69.04 and Wells Fargo (WFC) climbed 0.9 percent to $57.25.

Twitter (TWTR) jumped as much as 8.5 percent after a false report, attributed to Bloomberg, that the social media company received an offer to be acquired for $31 billion. Bloomberg and Twitter said the report was fake and the stock ended the session up 0.9 percent at $36.72.

Micron Technology (MU) jumped as much as 12.7 percent to $19.84 and was the biggest gainer on the S&P 500. China's state-backed Tsinghua Unigroup is preparing a $23 billion bid for the U.S. memory chipmaker, Reuters reported, in what would be the biggest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company.

NYSE advancing issues outnumbered declining ones 1,934 to 1,089; on the Nasdaq, 1,769 issues rose and 1,032 fell.

The S&P 500 posted 44 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows while the Nasdaq recorded 137 new highs and 34 new lows.

Volume was light, with about 5.5 billion shares traded on U.S. exchanges, well below the 6.8 billion average so far this month, according to data from BATS Global Markets.

What to watch Wednesday:
  • At 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, the Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for June, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York releases its survey of manufacturing conditions in New York state.
  • The Federal Reserve reports industrial production for June at 9:15 a.m., and releases its survey of regional economic conditions at 2 p.m.
Earnings Calendar
These selected companies are scheduled to release quarterly finical results:
  • Bank of America (BAC)
  • BlackRock (BK)
  • Delta Air Lines (DAL)
  • Intel (INTC)
  • Netflix (NFLX)
  • PNC Financial Services Group (PNC)
  • U.S. Bancorp (USB)
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