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Stocks finished near record highs Tuesday as strong earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase (JPM) - Get JPMorgan Chase & Co. Report  , UnitedHealth (UNH) - Get UnitedHealth Group Incorporated Report and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - Get Johnson & Johnson Report overrode investors' lingering questions about the fate of U.S.-China trade talks.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended up 237 points, or 0.89%, to 27,025, the S&P 500 advanced 1%, and the Nasdaq climbed 1.24%.

Intel (INTC) - Get Intel Corporation Report and Caterpillar (CAT) - Get Caterpillar Inc. Report were also among the Dow's big winners. Nvidia (NVDA) - Get NVIDIA Corporation Report  , JDcom (JD) - Get JD.com Inc. Report and Liberty Global (LBTYK) - Get Liberty Global Plc Class C Report were some of the Nasdaq's top gainers.

Tuesday's activity was in sharp contrast to Monday's session when markets finished lower as investors retreated from a lack of detail in what President Donald Trump called the "phase one" portion of the current negotiations between Washington and Beijing and reports suggesting Chinese officials want more time to negotiate terms of a final settlement next month.

Wells Fargo (WFC) - Get Wells Fargo & Company Report rose 1.7% to $50.11 even after the financial services giant delivered a big earnings disappointment, reporting quarterly earnings per share well below analysts' estimates. Wells Fargo is Real Money's Stock of the Day.

Goldman Sachs (GS) - Get Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Report rose slightly to $206.46 even after the investment banker posted weaker-than-expected third-quarter earnings.

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JPMorgan Chase (JPM) - Get JPMorgan Chase & Co. Report climbed 3% to $119.96 after the financial services company posted better-than-expected third-quarter earnings.

Citigroup (C) - Get Citigroup Inc. Report climbed 1.4% to $71.25 after the financial services company posted stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings, but an increase in net credit losses and a slip in a key measure of lending profits, kept share gains in check.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - Get Johnson & Johnson Report rose 1.6% to $132.84 after the drug manufacturer posted stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings.

UnitedHealth Group (UNH) - Get UnitedHealth Group Incorporated Report advanced 8.2% to $238.59 after the health care company posted stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings Tuesday, and boosting its full-year profit forecasts.

The International Monetary Fund forecast in its biannual World Economic Outlook that the global economy will grow by its slowest pace since the financial crisis.

"Growth continues to be weakened by rising trade barriers and increasing geopolitical tensions," Gita Gopinath, the IMF's economic counselor and director of research, said in a statement. "We estimate that the U.S.-China trade tensions will cumulatively reduce the level of global GDP by 0.8% by 2020."

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