Stocks rise; S&P 500 finishes its seventh straight month of gains

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.43 points, or 0.1%, to 2,575.26, the latest tick higher in this year's remarkably smooth ride.

The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index increased 6.1% in August from a year earlier.

U.S. stocks inched ahead Tuesday after the makers of Kellogg's cereal and Oreo cookies joined the parade of companies reporting stronger profits than expected.

U.S. home prices rose sharply in August from a year ago, a trend that is thwarting many would-be buyers and potentially slowing sales.

All Sources: Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times


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