“The market continues to be driven by earnings,” said Oliver Pursche, chief market strategist at Bruderman Asset Management in New York. “The fourth-quarter earnings season has been pretty strong.”
Alphabet Inc, which on Monday reported results that beat estimates, was a notable exception. The Google parent company’s shares, after falling earlier in the session because of concerns about sharply higher spending, were little changed in afternoon trading.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 164.37 points, or 0.65 per cent, to 25,403.74, the S&P 500 gained 10.64 points, or 0.39 per cent, to 2,735.51 and the Nasdaq Composite added 51.44 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,398.97.
Following a turbulent end to 2018, US stocks have had a stellar run this year with the S&P 500 and the Dow each up about nine per cent and the Nasdaq rising 11 per cent.
In addition to corporate earnings, Wall Street’s rally this year has been helped by a recent dovish stance from the Federal Reserve and hopes of a trade deal between the United States and China.
In his State of the Union speech, scheduled for 9pm in Washington (1300 AEDT Wednesday), Trump is expected to challenge Democrats to approve funding for his long-sought border wall.
The address could offer clues about the likelihood of compromise between Trump and his Democratic opponents, who now control the US House of Representatives, said Pursche.
“We could move significantly higher if the geopolitical environment improves, and we could also decline if things break down,” he said. “There will be lots of hints tonight about the US political landscape.”
Among other stocks, Boeing Co shares rose 3.2 per cent after the aerospace company said it made a significant investment in supersonic business jet developer Aerion.
Shares of Archer Daniels Midland Co slumped 6.7 per