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Market Pulse: Dow industrials surge 400 points higher, Nasdaq Composite reclaims 14,000 as investors watch Russian/Ukraine tensions


U.S. stock benchmarks opened sharply higher Tuesday after a Russian news agency reported that some troops were returning to base in a tentative sign of decreasing tensions with Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the latest update on U.S. inflation at the producer level came in hotter than expected, following a reading of consumer prices last week. The January producer-price index, or PPI, showed a 1% monthly rise, double the 0.5% increase expected by economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal.

Separately, the New York Fed’s Empire State business conditions index edged up to 3.1 in February, after a surprise negative 0.7 reading in January. Economists had expected a stronger rebound to a reading of 10.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose 453 points, or 1.3%, to reach around 35,025.

The S&P 500 index

advanced 1.4% to 4,461.

The Nasdaq Composite Index

climbed 244 points, or 1.8%, to about 14,030.

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