By Sinéad Carew
(Reuters) – Wall Street’s three major indexes closed higher on Tuesday as improving economic data and the prospect of more stimulus bolstered hopes of a swift recovery, while a jump in technology shares powered the Nasdaq to another record high.
While all the indexes pared gains late in the session to close below their peaks for the day, the Nasdaq managed to register its fifth record high close this month. Apple Inc provided the biggest boost followed by Amazon.com and Microsoft.
Data showed that the pace of contraction in the U.S. manufacturing and services sectors slowed in June as businesses reopened after lockdowns that started in mid-March.
Also, new home sales jumped 16.6% in May, blowing past estimates of a 2.9% rise.
“The cumulative effect of the economic data we’ve been seeing is helping to support the V-shaped rally we’ve had in stocks,” said Mark Luschini, chief