The Dow Jones industrial average got a lift from health care stocks on Tuesday. UnitedHealth Group, the nation's biggest health insurer, and Johnson & Johnson both rose after analyst's raised their recommendations on the stocks. The Standard & Poor's rose for the first time this year after slumping for three straight days, its worst start to a year since 2005.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 105.84 points, or 0.6 percent, to 16,530.94.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 11.11 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,837.88.
The Nasdaq composite rose 39.50 points, or 1 percent, to 4,153.18.
For the week:
The Dow is up 60.95 points, or 0.4 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 6.51 points, or 0.4 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 21.28 points, or 0.5 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is down 45.72 points, or 0.3 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 10.48 points, or 0.6 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 23.41 points, or 0.6 percent.