Dow Rises 111 on Housing Data
Realtors info provides a lift for the markets
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 2, 2010 3:16 PM CST
Specialist Christopher Culhane works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Better news from the housing industry sent stocks higher today, including an increase in the number of people with contracts to buy homes. The National Association of Realtors said its index of sale contracts rose 1% in December.

  • The Dow Jones industrial average rose 111 points to 10,297.
  • The S&P 500 rose 14 points to 1,103.
  • The Nasdaq rose 19 points to 2,190.