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Stocks rise slightly in early trading

Stocks were slightly higher in early trading Tuesday as Wall Street added to Monday’s gains. Optimism around a potential Greek debt deal continued to boost global markets. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.3% and the Standard & Poor;s 500 index gained 0.2%. The Nasdaq composite index was flat after hitting a record close of 5153.97 on Monday.the-percentage-of-americans-playing-the-stock-market-is-at-an-all-time-low

European shares were higher Tuesday, with Germany’s DAX index gaining 1.4%, France’s CAC 40 rising 1.5% and Britain’s FTSE 100 index up 0.3%. At a meeting Monday, eurozone leaders said an offer by Greece might form a basis to break a four-month deadlock with its international creditors over a debt crisis that could see Greece crash out of the euro-currency bloc.But the two sides failed to reach a deal that might get Athens new loans at a time when its cash reserves are running low.

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index surged 1.9% to close at 20,809.42 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.9%. The Shanghai Composite rose 2.2%. Stocks surged Monday as a relief rally around the world helped send the Dow up a little more than 100 points and the Nasdaq to an all-time record high.