* Brent reaches 18-month high before turning negative
* Dollar hits 14-year high following robust economic data
* Verizon rises on Citigroup upgrade
* Indexes up: Dow 0.17 pct, S&P 0.38 pct, Nasdaq 0.32 pct
(Updates to afternoon)
By Noel Randewich
Jan 3 Wall Street rose on Tuesday as a
post-election rally extended into the new year, even as some
investors warned they need to see results from President-elect
Donald Trump before pushing stock prices significantly higher.
U.S. stocks have surged over the past two months on
expectations that Trump will stimulate the economy with tax cuts
and infrastructure spending and slash regulations in the
Now with the Dow Jones Industrial Average trading near the
never-before-reached 20,000 mark, some investors say additional
strong gains are unlikely in the short term. They want to see
evidence that Trump's campaign-trail promises will be approved
by Republican lawmakers concerned about widening the federal
The S&P 500 rose by over 1 percent on Tuesday before giving
up most of those gains, suggesting the rally is losing steam,
said Warren West, principal at Greentree Brokerage Services in
"The president-elect can't just wave a magic wand. He has to
deal with Congress, and Congress hasn't proved to be able to
agree with itself," West said.
The Dow came within a hair's breadth of the historic 20,000
milestone in December but it has since fallen back. The average
rose to as much as 19,938.53 earlier in the session on Tuesday,
helped by Walt Disney.
Ford Motor rose 3.80 percent. The carmaker said it
would cancel a planned $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and invest
$700 million at a Michigan factory, after Trump had harshly
criticized the Mexico investment plan.
Oil prices hit 18-month high before turning negative.
The S&P energy index rose 0.53 percent,
with Kinder Morgan up 3.6 percent.
The U.S. dollar touched a 14-year high after data showed
U.S. factory activity accelerated to a two-year high in
At 2:42 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was
up 0.17 percent to 19,795.71 points and the S&P 500 had
gained 0.38 percent to 2,247.41.
The Nasdaq Composite added 0.32 percent to 5,400.56.
The S&P health index rose 1.06 percent, with Merck
& Co up 2.16 percent and Gilead Sciences rising
The S&P utilities index dipped 0.39 percent.
Verizon gave the biggest boost to the S&P 500, rising
1.95 percent after Citigroup upgraded the stock to "buy."
Marathon Petroleum rose 5.2 percent after the
company said it would explore a spinoff of its retail business,
caving to pressure from activist investor Elliott Management.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a
1.99-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.17-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 17 new 52-week highs and 1 new lows; the
Nasdaq Composite recorded 112 new highs and 21 new lows.
(Additional reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru;
Editing by Nick Zieminski)