Investors apparently had a great New Year's break, because they're getting 2012 off on the right foot. Thanks to strong readings on the state of the manufacturing sector both in the U.S. and China, as well as good news on the German unemployment front, stocks rallied at the open and haven't looked back. Just after 2 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrials
Only a pair of stocks dropped. McDonald's
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