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Dow within 100 of 13,000 as stocks barrel higher

Published 02/16/2012, AP Business Writer

The stock market built a big rally on the strength of the American job market today and barreled toward its highest levels of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average pushed to within 100 points of 13,000. The Dow was up 120 points at 12,900 just after 3 p.m. EST. The Dow has not closed above 13,000 since May 19, 2008, and has not traded above that level at any point since the following day.

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