By Anna Hirtenstein and Gunjan Banerji 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average raced higher late in the trading day, clinching a third straight session of gains and its biggest point and percentage advance of the month.

Investors recently have been weighing worries about an uptick in coronavirus infections versus signs that the economy is slowly recovering from the downturn.

Earnings season kicked off in earnest Tuesday with the latest quarterly results from big banks. JPMorgan Chase's and Citigroup's earnings beat analysts' estimates, but the firms' results highlighted the extraordinary economic uncertainty ahead and a worrisome outlook on the health of their corporate and consumer clients. Both set aside billions of dollars for rising loan losses as they girded for defaults.

"Investors continue to focus on good news and dismiss bad news," said Michael Farr, chief executive officer of Farr, Miller & Washington.

The Dow rose 556.79 points, or 2.1%, to 26642.59, its best day since June 29. The S&P 500 gained 42.30 points, or 1.3%, to 3197.52. The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite advanced 97.73 points, or 0.9% to 10488.58, trailing behind its peers.

The moves marked a reversal from the previous session when a rally in the equity market fizzled after California rolled back some of its reopening plans, stoking fears about additional lockdowns.

Investors appeared to be offloading shares of some of the technology heavyweights that had pushed the market higher in recent months on Tuesday, analysts said.

"The highflying tech stocks have been sources of profit-taking. The blue-chips have found a bid," Mr. Farr said.

Overall, investors are expecting corporate earnings among companies in the S&P 500 to have fallen 45% in the second quarter from the year-earlier period, according to FactSet. Financial companies within the S&P 500 are expected to take an even bigger hit -- a roughly 57% drop.

Shares of JPMorgan rose 56 cents, or 0.6%, to $98.21, lifting the Dow. Citigroup's shares slipped $2.05, or 3.9%, to $50.15.

"This shows that there's a three-speed recovery in the economy," said Sebastien Galy, a macro strategist at Nordea Asset Management. "Some banks will be better positioned than others" during times of volatility.

Later this week, investors will be parsing results from Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs.

The gloomy outlook was echoed by Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard. She said in remarks delivered online that she expects the economic recovery to face headwinds and that "fiscal support will remain vital."

Still, the stock market has been resilient despite the dour outlook, buoyed by optimism about an eventual recovery and stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

In government-bond markets, the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note slipped to 0.614%, from 0.638% Monday. Bond yields and prices move in opposite directions.

In Europe, the pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.8%. Industrial production in the eurozone is recovering more slowly than expected and is still more than 20% lower than last year, according to a Tuesday data release.

Fresh data showed that the U.K's economic expansion in May was weaker than economists had expected, and output in Britain remains around one-quarter below the level it had reached in February, before the pandemic struck and the economy was shut down.

"For the U.K., it's a tough gig currently. The drop in GDP was starker than on the Continent and now the bounceback is weaker," said Peter Schaffrik, global macro strategist at RBC Capital Markets. "It's a pretty big miss."

In Asia, major benchmarks slipped after tensions between the U.S. and China rose, prompted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments on Monday that the Trump administration formally rejects a swath of Chinese claims in the South China Sea. China's main stocks gauge, the Shanghai Composite Index, declined 0.8%.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

July 14, 2020 17:19 ET (21:19 GMT)

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