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Stocks crept higher worldwide Tuesday as investors looked past U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist rhetoric and focused on encouraging economic data and quarterly earnings reports. The U.S. dollar firmed against the yen and euro after losses in the wake of Trump's inaugural speech promising more trade protectionism, while U.S. Treasury yields recovered from Monday's slide.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 57.35 points, or 0.29 percent, to 19,857.2, the S&P 500 gained 7.57 points, or 0.33 percent, to 2,272.77 and the Nasdaq Composite added 17.67 points, or 0.32 percent, to 5,570.61 .Yields, however, pared some gains as U.S. existing home sales fell as supply hit a 17-year low, reviving worries about the housing sector.The yield on benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury notes was up 3 basis points at 2.428 percent.
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