Techs Pace Gains

Tech stocks paced solid gains for the stock market Tuesday, led by a 4% gain in shares of Google .

Google rose after a judge suggested that the U.S. Justice Department may not get the search data it is seeking in a landmark Internet privacy battle. The government also scaled back its request as a result of Google’s protest.

The apparent victory was a bright spot for Google, which has lost a quarter of its value since disappointing Wall Street six weeks ago.

The broader market posted strong gains in Tuesday’s session, as a big drop in retail sales sparked a rally in the bond market. Solid results from Goldman Sachs also helped boost investor confidence.

The Nasdaq surged 29 to 2295, the S&P 500 gained 13 to 1297, and the Dow rose 75 to 11,151. Volume rose to 2.17 billion shares on the NYSE, and 1.95 billion on the Nasdaq. Advancers led 24-8 on the NYSE, and 19-11 on the Nasdaq. Upside volume was 82% on the NYSE, and 75% on the Nasdaq. New highs-new lows were 184-43 on the NYSE, and 146-44 on the Nasdaq.

Sierra Wireless gained 6% on a Lehman upgrade.

Comverse Tech tumbled 15% after the company said it may have to restate past results because of a stock option review.

Sonus and Verint declined on their results.

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