Dow Reaches Record High, Still Short of 12,000

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Investors are keeping their eyes on the stock market as it continues to inch toward the 12,000 mark as the Dow Jones index soared to a new record of 11, 980...up more than 20 points from Friday's closing.

The NASDAQ composite index and Standard and Poors 500 index
also saw gains. One expert says a number of recent factors have gone into fueling the rise in stocks, including dropping gasoline costs and predictions of a warmer-than-normal winter for most of the nation, which should put more money in consumer's pockets for the critical holiday shopping season.