The Dow Jones industrial average reclaimed the last of the ground it held before the carnage of the Great Recession _ bailouts, bank failures, layoffs by the million and a stock market plunge that cut retirement savings in half.
The Dow closed above 13,000 Tuesday for the first time since May 19, 2008, almost four months before the fall of the Lehman Brothers investment bank triggered the worst of the financial crisis.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 23.61, or 0.2 percent, to close at 13,005.12.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 4.59, or 0.3 percent, to 1,372.18.
The Nasdaq composite rose 20.60, or 0.7 percent, to 2,986.76.
For the week so far:
The Dow is up 22.17, or 0.2 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 6.44 percent, or 0.5 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 381.61, or 0.8 percent.
For the year so far:
The Dow is up 787.56 points, or 6.5 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 114.58 points, or 9.1 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 381.61 points, or 14.7 percent.