Stocks edge higher on Wall Street; travel companies gain

<p><p>Stocks were mostly higher Tuesday, adding to the momentum the market had the day before, as investors continue to close out their positions for 2021.</p></p><p><p>Bank and health care stocks were among the better performers, while technology companies, which did well on Monday, lagged the broader market.</p></p><p><p>The S&amp;P 500 was up 0.1% as of 11:15 a.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.4% and the Nasdaq was down 0.2%.</p></p><p><p>Travel companies recovered some of their losses from this month. Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Lines as well as airlines Delta, United and American were all up 1% or more.</p></p><p><p>Investors continue to watch the spread of the omicron variant of the <a href=”https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-religion-israel-public-health-c9effd3aa5bec1bdaa00b1e2ae972f9b” target=”—blank”>coronavirus</a>, which is quickly becoming the dominant strain throughout the world.</p></p><p><p>While virus-related lockdowns and travel restrictions remain a big concern, most big investors have closed out their positions for 2021 and are like to hold their ground until next week.</p></p><p><p>The market got some encouraging news Monday when the Centers for Disease Control <a href=”https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-science-business-health-rochelle-walensky-d7d609c9c01e200d250df7ca7282c9d6″ target=”—blank”>reduced the amount of time an infected person would need to isolate</a> if they tested positive.</p></p><p><p>Oil prices continued to climb, adding to their gains from the day before. U.S. crude was up 0.7%.</p></p>