U.S. stocks gained steam amid a host of strong earnings released on Tuesday. DuPont (DD) shares rose after the company raised its 2016 profit outlook amid strength in its agricultural business. The company now expects earnings between $3.05 and $3.20 share - compared to a previously reported $2.95 to $3.10 a share. DuPont is prepping for its merger with Dow Chemical (DOW) . 3M (MMM) reported first quarter earnings of $2.05 a share, beating estimates of $1.92. Sales fell 2.2 percent over the past year to $7.4 billion, ahead of the $7.3 billion analysts were looking for. Plus, durable goods orders rose just 0.8 percent in March, while analysts were expecting a 1.8 percent increase. The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which tracks prices in 20-metropolitan cities, rose 5.4 percent in February, missing expectations of 5.5 percent. TheStreet's Scott Gamm has details from Wall Street.
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