Merrill Lynch

( MER),

Knight Capital

( LEND) and most other financial-sector stocks were higher Tuesday after the NationalAssociation of Realtors issued better-than-expected pending home-salesfigures. Merrill Lynch was adding $2.68, or 3.2%, to $85.46. KnightCapital was up 47 cents, or 3%, to $16.32.

Subprime lender

Accredited Home Lenders

(LEND) - Get Report

was surging more than 21% after

securing a new $500 million warehouse facility from a "large commercial bank" and renewing an existing one for another $600 million. Shares were up $1.82 to $10.30.

Marshall & Ilsley

( MI) jumped after

The Wall Street Journal

reported that the Milwaukee-basedbank is closing in on a sponsored spinoff deal for its Metavante subsidiary, with private-equity firm Warburg Pincus planning on taking a minority stake in the payment-processor. Shares were gaining $4.27, or 9.3%, to $50.13.

An AG Edwards analyst upped

Kohlberg Capital's

(KCAP) - Get Report

rating to buy from hold. Shares of theNew York-based investment firm were leaping $1.33, or 8.6%, to $16.79.

Meanwhile, the

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

(CME) - Get Report

canceled a Wednesday shareholder vote on its proposed merger with

ChicagoBoard of Trade

( BOT) and will reschedule the vote in light of

IntercontinentalExchange's

(ICE) - Get Report

rival bid. The news sent CBOT's shares down $2.20, or 1.2%, to $186.80. CME was recently up $6.43, or 1.2%, to $550.31. ICE was off $3.43, or2.7%, to $124.44.