NEW YORK Dec 11 U.S. stocks extended gains on
Tuesday with the Nasdaq rising more than 1 percent, after
unexpectedly cheery data out of Europe and as the Federal
Reserve was set to kick off a two-day policy meeting.
Leading the technology sector higher, Apple shares
rose 2.5 percent to $543.01 in early trading.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 77.39 points,
or 0.59 percent, at 13,247.27. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index
was up 8.91 points, or 0.63 percent, at 1,427.46. The
Nasdaq Composite Index was up 30.42 points, or 1.02
percent, at 3,017.38.