Stocks higher as health care, real estate lead

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(CNBC) — U.S. equities closed higher on Tuesday, led by health care and real estate, as investors digested falling oil prices ahead of a key OPEC meeting, as well as economic data.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 25 points higher, with UnitedHealth Group contributing the most gains. The S&P 500 gained 0.1 percent, with health care and real estate rising about 0.7 percent. The Nasdaq composite outperformed, closing 0.2 percent higher and hitting a new record high. The three major indexes traded lower earlier in the session.

U.S. stocks closed lower on Monday, as a post-election rally paused, with the major indexes dropping off from all-time high levels. The small-caps Russell 2000, which has been outperforming large-cap indexes, fell more than 1 percent, snapping a 15-day winning streak, its longest in 20 years.

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