STRONG BANK EARNINGS: Bank of America rose 2.4 percent and Morgan Stanley rose 5 percent after both banks reported results that were better than analysts were expecting.
GOOD START TO 2012: The stock market is building up a strong start to the year after a tumultuous 2011. The Dow Jones industrial average is up 3.3 percent, and other indexes are up even more: The S&P is already up 4.5 percent and the Nasdaq is up 7 percent.
STEADY AS SHE GOES: The gains have been small, but consistent. The S&P 500 has risen on 10 of the 12 trading days so far this year. It has moved more than one percent on only two of those days.