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Trading at Noon: Wall Street jumps on overseas optimism

February 01, 2012

Optimism over the economy spurred gains in industrials, financials and basic materials, which rose between 1.5 percent and 2 percent. "The numbers aren't horrible, the trend continues that the news is OK," said Brian Battle, vice president of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago. "I think we're going to grind higher."

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