Updated from 12:24 p.m. EST

The smartphone makers were a strong subset among widely held tech stocks Tuesday after a report that smartphones' market share has increased yet again.

On Tuesday The NDP group reported that smartphones made up 23% of handset sales in the fourth quarter of 2008, up from 12% for the fourth quarter of 2007.

The report also said smartphone buyers bought more accessories with their phones (52%) than did buyers of other handsets accessory sales (41%).

" Palm ( PALM), Apple ( AAPL) and HTC all over-index when it comes to accessory purchases at the time of the smartphone purchase," said Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for the NPD Group. "Particularly with Research In Motion's ( RIMM) large market share, resellers are apparently missing opportunities to sell more BlackBerry accessories."

Among the handset makers:

  • Palm rose 0.8% to $7.38.
  • Apple shares rose 0.5% to $88.37.
  • RIM shares rose 2.9% to $37.95.
  • Nokia shares rose 5.6% to $9.23.
  • Motorola shares fell 2.4% to $3.30.
  • Elsewhere in the tech sector:

  • Google (GOOG) shares were down 0.5% to $325.48.
  • Yahoo! (YHOO) shares were down 0.6% to $12.50.
  • Microsoft (MSFT) shares were up 0.6% to $15.88.
  • Dell (DELL) shares were up 8.5% to $9.15.
  • IBM (IBM) was down 1.4% to $87.77.
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