The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied up 74.39 points to close at 13,001.56 but the tech-laden Nasdaq posted its fifth loss in a row, falling 8.85 points to finish at 2,961.60 ahead of Apple’s blowout earnings report.

The S&P 500 moved up 5.03 points to end at 1,371.97.

In economic news, new home sales fell 7.1% in March to a seasonally adjusted 328,000-unit rate, hitting their lowest level in four months, according to the Commerce Department, but still managed to beat estimates calling for a 320,000-unit rate.

However, consumer confidence in April slid to 69.2 from a downwardly revised 69.5 in March, according to the Conference Board. Most economists were expecting a reading of 69.7.

Here are some more details from Tuesday’s trading session:

Dow Jones Industrial Average:

  • Up two of the past three trading days.
  • Largest one-day points and percentage gain since April 17, 2012.
  • An intraday high of 13050.30 occurred at 11:25:49 today, representing an increase of 123.13 points, or 0.95%.
  • An intraday low of 12926.49 occurred at 09:30:02 today, representing a decrease of 0.68 points, or 0.01%.
  • Twenty-four of the 30 component stocks rose, five fell, one was unchanged.
  • Today's top five contributors to The Dow's movement and their point contribution: CAT (11.35), IBM (10.44), MMM (10.29), T (8.40), VZ (7.04).
  • Today's bottom five laggards: WMT (-13.40), MCD (-4.54), CSCO (-1.97), MSFT (-1.51), INTC (-1.06).
  • Down 8.21% from its record close of 14164.53 on October 09, 2007.
  • Up 98.59% from its 12-year closing low of 6547.05 on March 9, 2009.
  • Up 3.22% from 52 weeks ago.
  • Up 5.19% from its 2012 closing low of 12359.92 on January 06, 2012.
  • Down 1.98% from its 52-week high of 13264.49 on April 02, 2012.
  • Up 22.02% from its 52-week low of 10655.30 on October 03, 2011.
  • Month-to-date: down 1.59%.
  • Year-to-date: up 6.42%.

Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index:

Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index, 14234.85*, up 51.45 points, or 0.36%, or approximately 51.5 billion in market capitalization.

  • Up two of the past three trading days.
  • Largest one-day points and percentage gain since April 17, 2012.
  • Down 9.59% (approximately $2.7 trillion in market cap), from its record close of 15745.39 on October 09, 2007.
  • Up 109.33% (approximately $8.5 trillion in market cap), from the 12-½ year closing low of 6800.08 on March 9, 2009.
  • Up 0.71% from 52 weeks ago.
  • Up 7.79% from its 2012 closing low of 13206.64 on January 04, 2012.
  • Down 3.43% from its 52-week high of 14740.15 on April 02, 2012.
  • Up 25.98% from its 52-week low of 11299.07 on October 03, 2011.
  • Month-to-date: down 2.68%, or approximately 462 billion in market cap.
  • Year-to-date: up 9.34%, or approximately 1.4 trillion in market cap.

Data courtesy of Dow Jones Indexes.