Stocks end higher as investors turn attention to midterms
U.S. stocks finished higher on Tuesday ahead of midterm election results. The S&P 500 ended higher by 0.6% at around 2,755, according to preliminary numbers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up around 175 points, or 0.7%, to 25,637. The Nasdaq Composite was up by more than 0.6% at around 7,376. Investors are closely watching the midterm results, with most anticipating a split Congress with Democrats taking control of the House, and Republicans retaining a Senate majority. That could set up investors for a legislative impasse in Washington, usually seen as a positive by Wall Street. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.