Stocks Post Best January Since ’97

    A specialist looks at a graph at his post as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. Stocks edged lower and yields for ultra-safe U.S. government debt fell to their lowest level this year Monday while financial markets around the world waited for Greece to nail down a deal to reduce its crushing debt. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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    Another sign things are looking up? The Dow and S&P closed Tuesday to finish out their strongest January since 1997. Stocks have been on a roller-coaster ride as of late thanks to the uncertainty of the European debt crisis and high unemployment rates. After a rocky 2011, investors had such little hope for the quarterly reports that came out this month that many companies were able to beat those expectations.

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