STOCKS RALLY: Here's What You Need To Know

Barack obama michelle guinness irish pubWikimedia CommonsU.S. President Barack Obama talks with pub-goers as First Lady Michelle Obama draws a pint of stout while coached by Ollie Hayes (right) at the Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011.

It was a big up-day for stocks.

First, the scoreboard:

  • Dow: 16,247.2 (+181.5, +1.1%)
  • S&P 500: 1,858.8 (+17.7, +0.9%)
  • Nasdaq: 4,279.9 (+34.5, +0.8%)

And now the top stories:

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