Stocks today saw more of the small but steady gains that have marked an unusually strong September, the Wall Street Journal reports. After yesterday's pullback, financials, and particularly insurers, saw gains: MBIA rose 22.3%, and rival AMBAC Financial gained 15.2%. Oil pushed up $1.84 to $71.55 a barrel. The Dow gained 51 points to settle at 9,830. The Nasdaq added 8 points, closing at 2,146, and the S&P 500 rose 7 points to close at 1,072.