Dow Edges Up 2 Points Despite Housing Data Rise in commodities prices push markets into positive territory By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Dec 23, 2009 3:10 PM CST 1 comment Comments Charles Solomon of LaBranche & Co. works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams) (Newser) – An afternoon surge in commodities prices helped the markets overcome a worse-than-expected report on sales of new homes, reports MarketWatch. The Dow gained 2 points to close at 10,466. The Nasdaq rose 17 points to 2,270. The S&P 500 rose 3 points to 1,121.