U.S. stocks edge higher ahead of Christmas holiday
Published: December 24, 2013 08:33AM
Updated: December 24, 2013 11:16AM
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, traders Robert Oswald, left, and Fred DeMarco work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks were looking to open slightly higher on Wall Street on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, helped by a report that showed American companies were investing in their businesses at the fastest pace since January. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

New York • An unexpectedly large increase in orders for manufactured goods helped push stock prices higher on Wall Street.

The market was open for just half a day ahead of the Christmas holiday. Trading will remain closed on Wednesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 62 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 16,357 Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,833. The Nasdaq composite was up six points, or 0.2 percent, at 4,155.

Trading was extremely light ahead of the holiday.

Homebuilder stocks rose after the government reported that sales of new homes increased last month at a faster pace than analysts were expecting. Beazer Homes jumped 3 percent.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.99 percent.