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ON THE RISE Stocks Post Best January Since ’97 Richard Drew / AP Photo

Stocks Post Best January Since ’97

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.

January 31, 2012 4:15 PM