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Dow soars more than 400 points, Tesla surge leads Nasdaq to all-time high

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Stocks rallied on Tuesday, building on solid gains from the previous session as the market recovers from a steep sell-off that was sparked by worries over the coronavirus.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 407.82 points higher, or 1.4%, at 28,807.63. The S&P 500 gained 1.5% to end at 3,297.59 while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 2.1% to a record of 9,467.97. The tech-heavy benchmark became the first of the major indexes to come back completely from the coronavirus-related fears.

Stocks that have been hit by fears of the coronavirus slowing the economy bounced on Tuesday. Apple jumped 3.3%. Nvidia and Micron rose more than 2.5% each. Companies directly impacted by the coronavirus, including Carnival, which confirmed on Monday that a former cruise-line passenger tested positive for the virus, rose. Carnival added 1.9%. American and United were both up by more than 5%.

Tesla, meanwhile, powered the Nasdaq with a surge of more than 13% that lifted the stock above $900 for the first time. That rally follows Tesla's best day in six years. Billionaire investor Ron Baron, a longtime Tesla bull, said Tuesday that Tesla could see revenues of $1 trillion in 10 years. Tesla, however, gave back a chunk of its gains in the final minutes of trading. At its high of the day, Tesla had surged more than 24%.

Microsoft and Caterpillar both rose around 3% to contribute to the gains. The S&P 500 tech sector surged 2.6%, led higher by Apple. 

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, January 24, 2020.
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The Dow fell 603 points, or 2.1% on Friday. On Monday, the average bounced back by 144 points, or 0.5%.

Tuesday's continued bounce comes after a Reuters report said China's central bank could cut its key lending rate as well as banks' reserve requirement ratios (RRRs) in the coming weeks to support economic growth. The report came a day after the People's Bank of China unveiled liquidity injection measures to the tune of more than 1 trillion yuan. The PBOC also injected another 400 billion yuan in liquidity. 

"The balance between deleveraging and growth is likely to be tilted towards stimulus in order to make up ground lost due to the virus and quarantine," said Larry Brainard, chairman for emerging markets at TS Lombard, in a note. "With Q1/20 GDP likely to fall sharply, we expect Beijing to respond aggressively with fiscal and monetary stimulus to get growth on track in Q2/20. This will generate a V-shaped recovery, led by the industrial sector."

Chinese stocks jumped sharply overnight after a massive slump on Monday. The Shanghai Composite closed 1.3% higher while the Shenzhen A Shares index gained 1.8%. Other equity indexes in the region, including Hong Kong's Hang Seng and the Korean Kospi, also posted strong gains.

That positive sentiment spilled over into European equity markets. The Stoxx 600 index gained 1.6%. Meanwhile, the German Dax climbed 1.8% along with the French CAC 40.

Markets were higher despite a climbing death toll from the coronavirus and despite disappointing earnings from Alphabet after the bell Monday.

As of Monday night, the virus death toll had reached 426 with 20,679 confirmed cases in China. Yet, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Raphael Bostic on Monday said his outlook for the U.S. economy was unmoved by the virus. White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow also doesn't think the outbreak is not a "disaster for the U.S. economy.

"The fear last week was that the outbreak was happening at a time when the economic data was shaky at best," said Willie Delwiche, investment strategist at Baird. He noted a dismal Chicago PMI release on Friday soured investor sentiment. However, the data released this week — including manufacturing activity and factory orders — show signs of stabilization. 

—CNBC's Elliot Smith and John Melloy contributed to this report.