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Dow surges a second day, closes in on record

In this Tuesday Feb. 26 2013 pho Trader William Lawrence works floor New York Stock Exchange.Futures are rising as Chairman

In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, photo, Trader William Lawrence works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.Futures are rising as Chairman Ben Bernanke heads to Capitol Hill to explain what the Federal Reserve will do to accelerate the economic recovery. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Updated: February 27, 2013 4:14PM



NEW YORK — Stocks are closing sharply higher for a second day as evidence mounts that the housing market is making a comeback.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 175 points to 14,075 Wednesday, its highest close of the year.

It’s up nearly 300 points over the past two days, putting it within 100 points of its recordtocks are closing sharply higher for a second day as evidence mounts that the housing market is making a comeback.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 175 points to 14,075 Wednesday, its highest close of the year.

It’s up nearly 300 points over the past two days, putting it within 100 points of its record high reached in October 2007.

Home builder stocks surged as more positive news about housing rolle high reached in October 2007.

Home builder stocks surged as more positive news about housing rolled in. Hovnanian soared 5 percent to $6.06 and Lennar rose 2 percent to $38.94.

A realty group said the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes jumped in January to the highest level in almost three years.

Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was low, 3.4 billion shares.



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