By Natascha Divac and Akane Otani

U.S. stocks rose Tuesday on gains in technology shares.

The Dow industrials added 24 points, or 0.1%, to 19957, led by a 0.8% jump in Apple. The S&P 500 gained 0.3%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose 0.6%.

Trading volumes have dwindled and stocks have moved in a narrow range around the holiday period. Still, major indexes have extended their postelection rally and are on track to close out the month with their biggest December gains in years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 4.3% so far this month, heading for its best December since 2010.

On Tuesday, shares were up broadly in theU.S., with technology companies among the biggest gainers. The S&P 500 tech sector rose 0.5%, led by Nvidia, which added 6.1%. The chipmaker, whose shares are on track to rise for a 10th consecutive session, is up about 250% for the year.

Elsewhere, the Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.1% and shares in Asia were mixed.

In Europe, bank shares were among the worst performers on an otherwise quiet day. The Stoxx Europe 600 Banks Index fell 0.2% after the European Central Bank expressed fresh concerns about the future of ailing Italian lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

Monte dei Paschi has a much bigger hole in its balance sheet than previously calculated, the ECB said Monday, meaning the Italian government will have to ramp up the amount it will have to deploy to rescue the lender.

In currencies, the dollar rose slightly, extending a postelection rally that has brought it to a 14-year high.

The dollar has strengthened inrecent weeks on bets of higher inflation and rising rates, which make it more attractive to yield-seeking investors. On Tuesday, the WSJ Dollar Index, which measures the dollar against a basket of 16 currencies, added 0.2%.

Meanwhile, bonds resumed their postelection slide.

The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note edged higher to 2.571%, near a two-year high, from 2.542%. Yields rise as prices fall.

Earlier, Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rose less than 0.1%, snapping a three-day losing streak, while the Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.3%. Markets in Australia and Hong Kong were closed Tuesday.

Write to Natascha Divac at and Akane Otani at

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

December 27, 2016 15:13 ET (20:13 GMT)

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