U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq Composite rising for an eighth session, as investors considered a large acquisition and partially disregarded downbeat economic reports as impacted by the weather.
Forest Laboratories jumped after Actavis agreed to acquire the Alzheimer's drug maker. Coca-Cola declined after reporting a drop in fourth-quarter profit.Shares of Tesla Motors climbed to a record after a report that Apple might be interested in buying the electric car maker.
And, the New York Fed's "Empire State" general business conditions index had factory activity in New York, the upper part of New Jersey and lower portion of Connecticut slowing in February, coming in at 4.48 in February from 12.5 in January. Economists polled by Reuters expected a reading of 9.0.
"There is little doubt that weather has affected the U.S. economic data and economic momentum has waned, but the extent of each remains a question," Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Asset Management Group, wrote in an emailed note.
The rose 2.13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,840.76, with health care the best performing and telecommunications faring worst among its 10 major sectors.
Rising to a 13-year high and up for an eighth session straight, its longest win streak since July, the Nasdaq added 28.76 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,272.78.
Advancers outdid decliners by roughly 2 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where 722 million shares traded. Composite volume reach 3.4 billion.
The stock market was closed Monday for the President's Day holiday.
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday releases minutes from its January meeting, at which the makers of U.S. monetary policy opted to cut another $10 billion from the central bank's monthly asset purchases. Equities last week notched a second week of gains after Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated she would continue former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's policies.
—By CNBC's Kate Gibson
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