Stocks ended near their best levels Tuesday, recovering from their worst one-day drop in 2013, following comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and in spite of the uncertainty created by Italy's election.
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To Jim Cramer, though, the biggest story of the day was earnings results from Home Depot. The home improvement retailer posted results that topped expectations, causing its stock not only to soar, but lead the Dow gainers. Home Depot also announced it would buy back as much as $17 billion of its own shares and raise its dividend 35 percent to 39 cents from 29 cents a share.