What's Behind The Dow's Huge Gain Today


Markets are poised to end the month on a very high note after European leaders agreed to allow countries to recapitalize banks directly. This move will allow the countries to avoid increasing their budget deficits. There weren't particularly high hopes for the summit, so this news certainly had investors excited. The Dow has jumped over 200 points, around 2%, on the day, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq gaining over 2%. Individually, Bank of America and United Technologies are big winners so far, but a surprising loser is Ford. Check out the video below for more on why these companies are big movers today.

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