NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- U.S. stocks gained ground Tuesday as investors took their cue from

Greek opinion polls showing more support for austerity measures

and new stimulus measures in China.

The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose 126 points, or 1%, to close at 12,580.69. The

S&P 500

increased 14.6 points, or 1.1%, to finish at 1332.42 and the

Nasdaq Composite

gained 33 points, or 1.2%, to settle at 2871.

Breadth within the Dow was positive with 28 of the index's 30 components posting gains.

The biggest percentage gainers were

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

,

Alcoa

(AA) - Get Report

,

Caterpillar

(CAT) - Get Report

and

United Technologies

.

Shares of Bank of America rose 4.06% to $7.44. Wells Fargo analyst Matt Burnell lowered his valuation ranges for

Bank of America's rivals

including

Goldman Sachs

(GS) - Get Report

,

JPMorgan Chase

(JPM) - Get Report

,

Morgan Stanley

(MS) - Get Report

and

Citigroup

(C) - Get Report

.

Bank of America has risen 33.81% year to date.

United Technologies shares rose 2.83% to $75.09 on heavier than normal volume. The stock has gained 2.74% year to date.

Shares of Caterpillar increased 2.87% to $92.52. The stock has risen 2.12% year to date.

Alcoa shares gained 3.01% to $8.89 on slightly elevated volume. The stock has increased 2.77% year to date.

The two Dow stocks that finished Tuesday down were

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Report

and

McDonald's

(MCD) - Get Report

. Neither stock lost more than 1%.

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