Summary Box: Stocks end 3rd straight month higher

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Posted: Feb 28, 2011 5:22 PM
Summary Box: Stocks end 3rd straight month higher

OIL HOLDS STEADY: Stocks rose Monday as oil prices stabilized. Oil settled at a little less than $97, down from a high of $103 last Thursday.

THE INDEXES: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 95.89 to 12,226.34. The S&P 500 rose 7.34 to 1,327.22. The Nasdaq composite rose 1.22 to 2,782.27.

MONTHLY STREAK: All three indexes ended the month higher. The Dow rose 2.8 percent, the S&P gained 3.2 percent, and the Nasdaq rose 3 percent. The S&P 500 is on a three-month stretch of gains, its longest since April 2010.