1. Hooray

    Dow Closes Above 13,000

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13:  Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on February 13, 2012 in New York City. Following the passage in the Greek Parliament of a key austerity package, U.S. stocks opened higher Monday with the Dow Jones industrial average up 80 points in morning trading. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    Hooray! After flirting with closing above 13,000 last week, the Dow Jones industrial average finally hit the mark Tuesday after a consumer-confidence report was better than expected. The high note is the first time the market has passed the number since the 2008 financial crisis hit. The Dow closed at 13,005. Meanwhile, European markets gained Tuesday after Angela Merkel secured Germany’s approval for the second bailout of Greece.

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