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American equity markets surge Tuesday

The US Stock market experienced a definitely positive opening as Tuesday with the sequester in the rear-view mirror and key US employment statistics and manufacturing in sight.

Beginning with the indices and composites, the NASDAQ jumped +0.86% as it settles in region of 3202.91, up +27.38 points in these moments. In addition, the S&P 500 is trading in positive territory, operating at 1535.95, ascending +10.71 points or +0.69% at the time of writing. Finally, the Dow Jones has moved higher at the opening, trading in the zone of 14219.69, presently +0.64% after a movement of +91.92 points.

Sectors are nearly all in the green currently, however the Basic Materials and Capital Goods sectors have distinguished themselves as main winners thus far, surging +1.53% and +1.21% respectively. In other news, the price of crude has settled below USD $90.46/bbl Tuesday.

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