U.S. stocks eked out modest gains on Tuesday.
Strong sales results from Walmart lifted investor sentimenton Wall Street as high level talks between the U.S. and China resumed in Washington.
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The world's largest retailer's comparable sales surged in the U.S., and profit easily topped Wall Street's estimates.
Walmart's report card was a sharp contrast to last week's dismal retail sales report from the Commerce Department.
Shares of Medtronic rose.
The medical device maker hiked the upper end of its full-year earnings forecast.
Sales of its surgical products helped boost revenue.
Mattel shares dropped.
The toy maker's 2019 sales forecast disappointed investors.
Mattel also said demand for its iconic Barbie dolls was slowing.
European markets closed mostly lower.
Financials weighed on the indexes following HSBC's disappointing results.