Stock market attempts to shake off political tension in volatile trade

U.S. stock benchmarks on Tuesday struggled to recover from heavy selling earlier in the session, that came after a North Korean missile test over Japanese airspace rattled investors and sent them trawling for assets perceived as safe.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, +0.08%

 traded 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 21,821. Blue chips had been off by as much as 135 points or 0.6% at its intraday nadir, with a rise in Boeing Co.

BA, +0.76%

 and United Technologies Corp.

UTX, +1.62%

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