Tue, Feb 4, 2014 7:25 PM EST 0:42
Investors took advantage of lower prices to buy stocks, lifting the U.S. market on Tuesday in relatively light trading. Stocks are recovering modestly from their biggest losses in more than seven months on Monday, when the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2.3 percent. Markets were coming off a drop of more than 320 points for the Dow, and the blue-chip index's worst January performance in five years following disappointing news about U.S. manufacturing. Even with Tuesdays' modest gains, the Dow remains on track to finish the day down 6.9 percent this year.