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Dow industrials hit 2-year high on retail strength

U.S. stocks rose Tuesday, lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its highest intraday level in more than two years, as data showing growth in U.S. retail sales and business sales boosted investors’ outlook on the economy.

The Dow rose 71 points, or 0.6 percent, to 11,499. Earlier, the measure hit 11499.70, its highest intraday level since September 2008. Its top performers spanned a variety of sectors, with Boeing up 1.4 percent, Kraft Foods up 1.3 percent and Johnson & Johnson up 1.2 percent. Get the full story »

Upbeat economic reports propel stocks

Stocks are sharply higher after a batch of economic reports offered some hope that the U.S. economy was improving.

Investors seized on encouraging readings of the labor market and Americans’ incomes on Wednesday, while shrugging off a steep fall in new home sales and manufacturing orders. Get the full story »