Wall Street opened higher on Tuesday, lifted by gains in shares of Apple (AAPL.O).
The tech giant’s shares have fallen recently, partly due to investors' booking profit before a possible rise in capital gains taxes next year. Apple was recently up 2.5 percent at $543.18.
A leading survey showed that in Germany, analyst and investor sentiment advanced in December, entering positive territory for the first time since May.
The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI gained 90.31 points, or 0.69 percent, to 13,260.19. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX rose 11.14 points, or 0.79 percent, to 1,429.69. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC climbed 33.73 points, or 1.13 percent, to 3,020.69.