Sometimes, surprises are good things. Today, the U.S. stock market got a gift from Europe, where leaders agreed to allow the use of bailout funds for direct recapitalizations of banks -- similar to what the TARP bailout program did four years ago. The euro soared against the dollar, stock markets in Europe moved sharply higher, and just before 10:45 a.m. EDT, the Dow Jones Industrials
Predictably, Bank of America
But strength showed up in other parts of the Dow as well. United Technologies
Lagging behind was McDonald's
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