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The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed over 150 points to start Tuesday's market session as construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar led the way, gaining 2.5%.
Despite facing challenges related to the tariff battle between the United States and China, Caterpillar increased its adjusted earnings per share forecast to a range of $11 to $12 from $10.25 to $11.25--adjusted profit range of $6.6 billion to $7.2 billion. The company also bested analyst expectations over a week ago with its record second-quarter earnings per share and revenue.
Other indexes started up on the day as the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.26% and the S&P 500 gained 0.40%. Through the close of Monday's trading session, the S&P 500 was just 0.8 percent away from reaching an all-time high of 2,872.87, which was established on Jan. 26. Additionally, the Nasdaq was also within 1 percent of a record high and the Dow was over 4.2 percent away from reaching its own all-time high.
Through the end of last week, the S&P 500 was up 24 percent on earnings in the second quarter on a year-over-year basis. Despite the market interruptions caused by the ongoing trade wars, company fundamentals have been able to parry any deep market declines.
"When you think about what's driving markets right now, it's a tug of war between solid U.S. fundamentals and concerns around trade," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley FBR.. "When you think about trade with China, it feels like the situation is escalating. But with Mexico, Canada and the European Union, it seems like it's heading in the right direction."
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