Tallahassee Journal

Stocks rise slightly in early trading

Stocks rise slightly in early trading

Stocks were slightly higher in early trading Tuesday as Wall Street added to Monday’s gains. Optimism around a potential Greek debt deal continued to boost global markets. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.3% and the Standard & Poor;s 500 index gained 0.2%. The Nasdaq composite index was flat after hitting a record close of 5153.97 on Monday.the-percentage-of-americans-playing-the-stock-market-is-at-an-all-time-low

European shares were higher Tuesday, with Germany’s DAX index gaining 1.4%, France’s CAC 40 rising 1.5% and Britain’s FTSE 100 index up 0.3%. At a meeting Monday, eurozone leaders said an offer by Greece might form a basis to break a four-month deadlock with its international creditors over a debt crisis that could see Greece crash out of the euro-currency bloc.But the two sides failed to reach a deal that might get Athens new loans at a time when its cash reserves are running low.

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index surged 1.9% to close at 20,809.42 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.9%. The Shanghai Composite rose 2.2%. Stocks surged Monday as a relief rally around the world helped send the Dow up a little more than 100 points and the Nasdaq to an all-time record high.