The markets rallied today, pushing the Dow into positive territory for the week, off a strong dollar and a drop in oil prices. The Dow gained 165.77 to close at 12,307.35, a weekly gain of 0.8%. The Nasdaq climbed 50.15 to 2,454.50 but posted a weekly loss of 0.8%. The S&P 500 gained 20.16, settling at 1,360.03, flat for the week.
Investors concerned about inflation were mollified the dollar’s surge and a Labor Department report that the core price index, which excludes volatile fuel and food costs, rose only 0.2%, in line with healthy economic forecasts. Oil futures fell to $134.62 off the dollar’s surge. "The market breathed a sigh of relief, with the core number coming in line," one equity strategist told MarketWatch.