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New York (AFP) – U.S. stocks Tuesday moved higher following a report showing rising home prices as investors kicked off the final session of a banner year for equities.

About 30 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 25.36 points (0.15 percent) to 16,529.65.

The broad-based S&P 500 gained 3.03 (0.16 percent) at 1,844.10, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index added 12.07 (0.29 percent) at 4,166.27.

Both the Dow and S&P 500 were above their record closing levels.

Home prices for the 20 biggest U.S. cities rose a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent in October compared with the prior month, according to the S&P Case-Shiller home price index.

Prices were up 13.6 percent year-over-year, slightly less than the 13.8 percent rise expected by analysts.

Car-rental company Hertz gained 6.4 percent after enacting a “poison pill” plan designed to prevent a group of shareholders from taking a controlling stake in the company.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway was flat after announcing that it will purchase a specialty chemicals unit from refiner Phillips 66, paying with shares Berkshire already holds in Phillips. News reports said the stock deal was worth about $1.4 billion. Phillips rose 2.5 percent.

Chipmaker Marvell Technology Group gained 6.1 percent after private equity firm KKR disclosed that it owns a 6.8 percent stake in the firm.

Hewlett-Packard dipped 0.4 percent after increasing the number of staff it plans to lay off by 5,000 to 34,000.

Bond prices were mixed. The yield on the 10-year bond rose to 3.00 percent from 2.98 percent, while the 30-year held steady at 3.91 percent. Bond prices and yields move inversely.

"Performative patriotism" is a fancy way of describing what my father — a veteran of World War II who rarely spoke about his service — called "jelly-bellied flag flappers." Dad always laughed at those phonies, but we now suffer a president who is exactly that type, only worse. And Donald Trump's flag-flapping fakery is no joke.

A performative patriot is someone who, like Trump, oversells his supposed love of country, his reverence for the Stars and Stripes and, especially, his indignation at those whom he suspects of lacking his deep fervor. Such a figure will, like Trump, attempt to market these counterfeit emotions for his own benefit. And like Trump, that loud jingo is someone whose character will lead to a betrayal of American values.

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