The Dow Jones Industrial Average
This latest gain doesn't rely on a handful of breakout stars, but rather on a veritable shield wall of modest but respectable advances. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may unveil another round of so-called "quantitative easing" later this week, and that tantalizing prospect is boosting stocks across the board.
That being said, you'll always find a handful of laggards and big winners along the united front.
Aluminum producer Alcoa
Right on Alcoa's heels, Hewlett-Packard
The Dow's biggest loser today is food producer Kraft Foods
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