Retailers, miners help lift stocks

Posted: March 7, 2018 at 1:50 a.m.

Members of the U.S. Olympic gold medal women’s hockey team ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell Tuesday, accompanied by exchange President Tom Farley. U.S. stocks eked out a small gain Tuesday after a choppy session as investors worried about mixed signals on whether President Donald Trump will follow through on raising tariffs.

U.S. stocks meandered but finished mostly higher Tuesday as retailers and industrial companies rose. A jump in metals prices helped mining and materials companies. Asian markets jumped after the North Korean government said it was open to talks with the U.S. about ending its nuclear program.

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