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Stocks rose again Tuesday, thanks to buying encouraged by an overnight advance on Wall Street that pushed up the Nikkei 225 average to its highest closing level in more than a month.

The Nikkei jumped 230.85 points, or 1.18 percent, to close at 19,776.62, its best since Aug. 8. On Monday, the key market gauge surged 270.95 points.

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