Dow Climbs 27 as Year-End Rally Weakens
Mastercard reports better-than-expected holiday sales
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2009 3:15 PM CST
James Maguire Jr., left, and Rudy Mass work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – Stocks faltered but managed to reclaim most of the day's gains in the final hour of today's session. The day saw light trading volume and news of a bump in retail sales from MasterCard's SpendingPulse unit, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • The Dow gained 26.98 points to close at 10,547.08.
  • The Nasdaq added 5.39, closing at 2,291.08.
  • The S&P 500 rose 1.30 to settle at 1,127.78.