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Stocks Build on Gains

But fear remains that the $700 billion bailout of financial firms will drive up interest rates and weaken the dollar.
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Updated from 9:42 a.m. EDT

Stocks on Wall Street bounced back from Monday's heavy losses with an upside open Tuesday, as investors awaited further news on the government's historic bailout of the U.S. financial markets.

The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

climbed 100 points to 11,116, and the

S&P 500

added 10.5 points to 1217. The

Nasdaq

tacked on 26 points to 2205.

On Monday, stocks suffered as traders attempted to assess the impact of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's sweeping bailout of financial firms. Paulson's $700 billion plan would create a government institution to buy from banks the bad debt at the core of the credit crisis.

Although the plan is a welcome boon to many investment firms with hard-to-value securities on their balance sheets, fear remains that the massive government-spending increase will drive up interest rates and weaken the dollar as new government debt floods the market. Later Tuesday, Paulson and

Federal Reserve

Chairman Ben Bernanke are set to appear before the Senate to discuss the bailout plan.

Meanwhile, investment banks

Goldman Sachs

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and

Morgan Stanley

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over the weekend agreed to

become bank holding companies

. Many have speculated about whether the big brokerages, following their transformation, will buy small regional banks to build a base of retail deposits.

Following an $85 billion emergency loan from the Federal Reserve,

insurance firm AIG

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said it was preparing a list of properties it would sell as part of its effort to repay the government.

As for corporate earnings,

homebuilder Lennar

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reported a fiscal third-quarter loss that narrowed year over year on sharply declining revenue.

On the merger front,

Bristol-Myers Squibb

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raised its buyout offer for

ImClone

(IMCL)

to $62 a share from $60 a share.

Over in commodities, the price of crude oil was off 51 cents to $108.86. Gold was down $7.80 at $901.20.

The price of longer-term U.S. Treasury securities was rising. The 10-year note was up 10/32 to yield 3.8%, and the 30-year was up 10/32, yielding 4.4%. The dollar was higher vs. the euro, yen and pound.

Overseas, European markets were taking some knocks, while Asian exchanges ended mixed. The FTSE in London and the DAX in Frankfurt were lower. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong finished with a loss. Japanese markets were closed Tuesday.