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Saturday, November 24, 2012

24 Nov 2012 Dow Rally To Strong Weekly Gains

Dow Topples 13,000 On Black Friday
It was a solid day for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), which ended near a session high to finish north of 13,000 for the first time since Nov. 6. With a lack of domestic data to go on, Wall Street spent the holiday-shortened trading day applauding upbeat reports from China and Germany. Investors also appear to be optimistic about the holiday shopping season, with most tech stocks and retailers gaining notable ground on the biggest shopping day of the year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) blazed a steady path higher, adding 172.79 points, or 1.35%, to conquer the round-number 13,000 level. In addition, the blue-chip barometer ended atop its 200-day moving average for the first time in more than two weeks. All 30 of the index's components settled north of breakeven, led by Hewlett-Packard's (NASDAQ:HPQ) 4.2% advance. For the week, the Dow soared 3.3%.
Similarly, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) settled near a session high, tacking on 18.1 points, or 1.3%, to end atop the 1,400 level for the first time since Nov. 6. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) gained 40.3 points, or 1.4%. For the week, the SPX and COMP gained 3.6% and 4%, respectively.

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