The Dow Jones Industrial Average
|Dow Jones Industrial Average||181.19 [1.41%]||12,986.58|
|S&P 500||18.86 [1.38%]||1,387.57|
The Dow increased from the opening bell this morning, after rumors of better-than-expected first-quarter China GDP numbers due tonight. Those expected numbers have investors optimistic that the slowdown in China may not be as bad as expected. There was also some good news out of debt-plagued Europe as well, with yields on benchmark Italian and Spanish bonds dropping. Combining yesterday and today, the Dow's two-day gain of 2.1% is its best all year, erasing more than half of its losses after five straight days of declines.
By far the biggest winner today on the Dow was Hewlett-Packard
Outside the Dow, tech giant Google
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