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3 Dow Stocks That Soared Before the 4th

Dan Caplinger
July 3, 2012

In a holiday-shortened week, it's important not to put too much weight on the movements in the stock market. On extremely light volume, though, stocks managed to put together a healthy rally today, with the Dow Jones Industrials (INDEX: ^DJI  ) rising more than half a percent and the S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC  ) doing even better, finishing up 8.5 points to close at 1,374.

Positive economic news on factory orders helped push pure industrial stocks higher. Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT