The one thing that just about every investor wants to see right now is any sign of economic growth. Today, investors got their wish, as the Institute for Supply Management's Purchasing Managers' Index came in with a positive reading that points to expansion in the near future. That optimism was tempered somewhat by weakening overseas economies as well as some comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. By the end of the day, the Dow Jones Industrials
Some Dow stocks did quite a bit better than that, though. New Dow component UnitedHealth Group
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