Dow Closes Above 13,000 For First Time Since 2008

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Dow Closes Above 13,000 For First Time Since 2008  (New York, NY) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average is past an important mark.  It closed today above the key 13-thousand-point mark for the first time since May of 2008.  A report on consumer confidence that was better than expected helped push the Dow index higher.  The day's gains were impacted by January's four-percent drop in durable goods orders as businesses cut spending on machinery and equipment.  The Dow finished up 24 points at 13-thousand-five.  Oil prices fell two-dollars-and-one-cent to settle at 106-dollars-55-cents a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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