UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Stocks close higher, helped by healthcare companies

Stocks close higher, helped by healthcare companies

Stocks closed slightly higher Tuesday, boosted by UnitedHealth Group and other healthcare companies, which helped outweigh steep declines in energy companies. 

Tiffany jumped after it reported better quarterly results than analysts expected. 

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 23.70 points, or 0.1%, to 19,121.60. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2.94 points, or 0.1%, to 2,204.66, and the Nasdaq composite rose 11.11 points, or 0.2%, to 5,379.92. 

Stocks started the day slightly lower, but posted slight gains by late morning and stayed higher throughout the afternoon. 

Healthcare stocks were a primary driver of the...

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