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) -- Stocks finished Tuesday on a positive note following a rise in

consumer confidence



Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose 23.61 points, or 0.18%, on Tuesday to 13,005.12. It was the blue-chip index's first close above 13,000 since May 2008. The

S&P 500

increased 4.59 points to 1,372.18, hitting its own multi-year high, and the

Nasdaq Composite

advanced 20.6 points to 2,986.76. The Nasdaq is at levels unseen in more than a decade.

Breadth within the Dow was positive with 21 of the index's 30 components posting gains. The biggest percentage gainers in the Dow were

Johnson & Johnson

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Microsoft shares rose 1.58% to $31.84. The stock has been one of the

best-performing stocks

in the Dow so far this year. The stock has risen 22.42% year to date.

Microsoft gets an A grade from

TheStreet Ratings

with a buy rating and a


price target.

Shares of Intel rose 1.28% to $27.24. The world's biggest chip maker has decided to no longer be a member of the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics group, which follows the semiconductor industry, according to

The Wall Street Journal


TheStreet Ratings

gives Intel an A+ grade with a buy rating and


price target.

Johnson & Johnson shares increased 1.24% to $65.25. The consumer goods and pharmaceutical company gets a B grade from

TheStreet Ratings

with a buy rating and


price target.

The biggest percentage decliners in the index were

American Express

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. Neither had losses of more than 1%.


Written by Alexandra Zendrian in New York


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