Dow Gains 40 on Housing Starts
Whole Foods, Deere report strong earnings
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2010 3:23 PM CST
In this photo made Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, trader Sean Birks works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – Stocks saw solid gains as US housing starts hit their highest level in 6 months, and earnings from Whole Foods and Deere beat market expectations, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • The Dow rose 40 points to close at 10,309.
  • The Nasdaq added 12 points, settling at 2,226.
  • The S&P 500 gained 5 points, closing at 1,100.