Dow ends about 260 points higher Tuesday, stocks book back-to-back gains

Major U.S. stock indexes booked back-to-back gains on Tuesday, erasing earlier weakness after big-box retailer Target Corp. lowered its operating-margin guidance. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose about 264 points, or 0.8%, ending near 33,179. The S&P 500 closed up 1%, while the Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.9%, adding to modest gains for all three benchmarks on Monday. Stocks wobbled earlier in the session after Target outlined plans for price hikes, markdowns and more to help offset inventory woes tied to supply-chain bottlenecks and higher energy costs. Investors have been closely monitoring big retailers for signs of a potential pullback by consumers juggling higher costs at the gas pump, grocery store and elsewhere as inflation runs hot.

Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.