Most regional stocks finished on the upside Tuesday, as the stock markets overall had a positive day.
Among regional winners were Waddell & Reed, which reported higher fourth quarter profits and revenue early in the day; Cerner, H&R Block and Sprint also advanced.
A few local stocks dropped, including, UMB Financial, YRC Worldwide, and O’Reilly Automotive.
On Wall Street, Pfizer helped keep the stock market rally alive Tuesday. The drugmaker's stock gained after posting strong earnings, pushing the Dow closer to 14,000.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 73 points to close at 13,954.42 points, ending higher for the seventh day in eight. The Standard and Poor's 500 also rose, adding eight points to 1,507.84 points. The Nasdaq composite dropped less than a point to 3,153.66.
The January rally looked as if it was running out of steam yesterday as stocks pulled back from their highs, but Tuesday they resumed their ascent toward record levels. Demand was bolstered at the start of the year after lawmakers reached a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and was sustained by reports that have added to evidence showing the U.S. housing market is recovering and the jobs market is slowly healing.
The Dow is 6.5 percent higher this month and the S&P 500 is up 5.7 percent. Both indexes are at their highest levels in more than five years.
The BATS 1000 rose 85.76 points, or 0.51 percent, to close at 17,056.39.
Capitol Federal Financial rose 3 cents, or 0.25%, to close at $11.91.
Cerner Corp. rose $1.25, or 1.50%, to close at $84.38.
Commerce Bancshares Inc. rose 30 cents, or 0.81%, to close at $37.38.
Compass Minerals rose 14 cents, or 0.20%, to close at $71.85.
DST Systems Inc. rose 10 cents, or 0.16%, to close at $64.61.
Ferrellgas Partners L.P. fell 25 cents, or 1.28%, to close at $19.35.
Garmin Ltd. rose 1 cents, or 0.03%, to close at $38.58.
Great Plains Energy rose 16 cents, or 0.76%, to close at $21.24.
H&R Block Inc. rose 26 cents, or 1.15%, to close at $22.92.
Inergy L.P. rose 37 cents, or 1.86%, to close at $20.25.
Kansas City Life Insurance Co. fell 23 cents, or 0.60%, to close at $38.35.
Kansas City Southern rose 34 cents, or 0.36%, to close at $94.82.
Layne Christensen Co. fell 43 cents, or 1.84%, to close at $22.91.
O’Reilly Automotive Inc. fell 52 cents, or 0.56%, to close at $91.92.
Sprint Nextel Corp. rose 8 cents, or 1.44%, to close at $5.64.
UMB Financial Corp. fell 13 cents, or 0.29%, to close at $44.50.
Waddell & Reed Financial Corp. rose $1.02, or 2.68%, to close at $39.14.
YRC Worldwide Inc. fell 3 cents, or 0.45%, to close at $6.70.