Dow Rises 170 on Rosy Data Good news on manufacturing, home-builder confidence By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Feb 16, 2010 3:12 PM CST 2 comments Comments Ronnie D. Howard, right, with Barclays Capital works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Feb.12, 2010. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (Newser) – Stocks rallied today on positive economic data: the New York Fed's Empire manufacturing index showed marked improvement in manufacturing, and the National Association of Home Builders said builder confidence is up this month, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow rose 170 points to close at 10,269. The Nasdaq added 31 points, closing at 2,214. The S&P 500 gained 19 points to settle at 1,095.