NEW YORK Aug 19 U.S. stocks ended higher for
the second straight session on Tuesday as upbeat housing market
data and strong earnings from Dow component Home Depot
overshadowed lingering concerns about the conflict in Ukraine.
Apple Inc shares rose 1.4 percent to end at
$100.53, a closing record high for the tech bellwether when
adjusted for the stock's June seven-for-one stock split.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 80.85 points or
0.48 percent, to end unofficially at 16,919.59. The S&P 500
gained 9.86 points or 0.50 percent, to finish
unofficially at 1,981.61. The Nasdaq Composite added
19.20 points or 0.43 percent, to close unofficially at 4,527.51.
Home Depot rose 5.6 percent to $88.23.
(Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; Editing by Jan Paschal)