Bank stocks broke out of their doldrums Tuesday, rallying amid overall market apathy and fresh weakness in bond prices.

The Standard & Poor's bank index climbed 0.49%, outpacing the Dow Jones industrial average, which fell 0.35%. The Nasdaq bank index fell 0.14%, and the S&P 500 rose 0.19%.

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