Stocks pushed higher Tuesday morning after a new report showed consumer confidence jumped by the greatest margin in more than 17 years in September, offering hope that that optimism would translate into sustained consumer spending.
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U.S. stocks inched lower in choppy trading on Tuesday after substantial gains a day earlier, with investors shifting their focus to the first presidential debate later in the day. Eight of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with energy stocks and financials leading declines, as they gave back some of their gains from the previous session. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will lock horns in their first 90-minute televised debate in Cleveland, with the election now just five weeks away.