Most regional stocks moved in the opposite direction of the broad market on Tuesday, which gained back most of what it lost the day before.
Sprint, which releases its fourth-quarter and annual earnings on Thursday, fell 0.5 percent.
H&R Block, which has gained steadily in recent days, paused on Tuesday with a drop of 0.3 percent.
On the plus side, Cerner, which released earnings after the markets closed, gain 0.6 percent. YRC, which is set to release earnings on Friday, closed at $6.21, up 12 cents or 2 percent.
Compass Minerals, set to release its quarterly financials on Wednesday, at $72.67, down 6 cents.
Overall, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 99.22 points, or 0.71 percent, to close at 13,979.30.
It lost 129 points the day before.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 15.58 points, or 1.04 percent, to close at 1,511.29. The Nasdaq composite rose 40.42 points to 3,171. 58.
The BATS 1000 rose 157.61 points, or 0.93 percent, to close at 17,067.63.
U.S. home prices rose in December at the fastest pace in more than six years, according to the real estate data provider CoreLogic.
Several companies also reported strong earnings, including Kellogg, Computer Sciences Corp. and Archer Daniels Midland.
Rising stocks outnumbered falling ones two-to-one on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was average at 3.5 billion shares.
Capitol Federal Financial fell 11 cents, or 0.93%, to close at $11.71.
Cerner Corp. rose 51 cents, or 0.61%, to close at $83.60.
Collective Brands Inc. fell $, or %, to close at $.
Commerce Bancshares Inc. rose 28 cents, or 0.74%, to close at $37.88.
Compass Minerals fell 6 cents, or 0.08%, to close at $72.67.
DST Systems Inc. rose 37 cents, or 0.55%, to close at $67.20.
Ferrellgas Partners L.P. rose 20 cents, or 1.04%, to close at $19.45.
Garmin Ltd. fell 28 cents, or 0.74%, to close at $37.70.
Great Plains Energy fell 2 cents, or 0.09%, to close at $21.42.
H&R Block Inc. fell 8 cents, or 0.34%, to close at $23.74.
Inergy L.P. fell 37 cents, or 1.84%, to close at $19.76.
Kansas City Life Insurance Co. fell 5 cents, or 0.13%, to close at $38.13.
Kansas City Southern rose 79 cents, or 0.84%, to close at $94.68.
Layne Christensen Co. rose 5 cents, or 0.22%, to close at $22.39.
O’Reilly Automotive Inc. rose 45 cents, or 0.49%, to close at $93.08.
Sprint Nextel Corp. fell 3 cents, or 0.52%, to close at $5.71.
UMB Financial Corp. rose 12 cents, or 0.27%, to close at $43.88.
Waddell & Reed Financial Corp. rose 31 cents, or 0.77%, to close at $40.48.
YRC Worldwide Inc. rose 12 cents, or 1.97%, to close at $6.21.