What Drove the Dow's Highest Close in 4 Years

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I wrote a similar headline yesterday, but another day of gains for the Dow brings new highs. Only the Nasdaq fell a bit from its perch. Here's an update:

 ChangeEnding ValueHighest Close Since...
Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) +46.02 [+0.36%]12,950.10May 2008
Nasdaq (INDEX: ^IXIC) -8.07 [-0.27%]2,951.78Yesterday (which was the highest close since December 2000)
S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC) +3.19 [+0.23%]1,361.23May 2011

There was little new news today ahead of the President's Day weekend. While U.S. markets are taking a day off Monday, the European finance ministers are expected to approve the 130-billion-euro Greek bailout. That's the expectation, at least. As we know, Europe is a long soap opera and this is just one cliffhanger episode.

Out of the 30 individual stocks that comprise the Dow, there were 19 winners and 11 losers (though three were only off by a penny). The biggest winner was Intel (NAS: INTC) , up 2.0% and the biggest loser was Alcoa (NYS: AA) , down 1.3%. These were on little news that I could see, unless you could this minor Alcoa pricing news.

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