Dow Climbs 79 on AIG Deal
Manufacturing employment rises
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2010 3:21 PM CST
A trader rushes across the on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – News of Prudential's agreement to buy AIG's Asia division sowed confidence on Wall Street today. Stocks rose, boosted as well by a jump in manufacturing employment, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • The Dow rose 78.53 points to close at 10,403.79.
  • The Nasdaq added 35.31, closing at 2,273.57.
  • The S&P 500 gained 11.22 to settle at 1,115.71.