U.S. stock markets score first gain of year
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell on Nov. 18, 2013 [AFP]

US stocks registered their first gains of the new year Tuesday, with the Nasdaq adding nearly one percent, helped by a solid November trade report.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 105.84 points (0.64 percent) at 16,530.94.

The broad-based S&P 500 gained 11.11 (0.61 percent) at 1,837.88, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite added 39.50 (0.96 percent) at 4,153.18.

The gains cut a three-session losing streak that began on the first trading day of the year.

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