Dow Up 235 on Housing Hopes

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2009 3:11 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Markets rose significantly today on indications of a turnaround in the housing sector, the Wall Street Journal reports, with an industry confidence metric at its highest since September 2008. Financials—Bank of America was up 9.8%—led the S&P to a symbolic close above 900. The Dow was up 235.44 to 8,504.08. The S&P rose 26.83 to 909.70. And the Nasdaq gained 52.22, ending at 1,732.36.