The Dow rose on Tuesday as investors bought into defensive shares, including Pfizer
, while energy companies climbed as oil hit a six-month high.

But the S&P 500 inched lower and the Nasdaq fell as financial and technology shares declined after leading the recent market run-up from 12-year lows.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 50.34 points, or 0.60 percent, to close unofficially at 8,469.11. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> shed 0.89 of a point, or 0.10 percent, to 908.35. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> fell 15.32 points, or 0.88 percent, to 1,715.92.

(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; Editing by Jan Paschal)