Stocks rising along with confidence in economy
Dow tickles 13,000; gas prices still issue
A ripple of optimism lifted stocks yesterday to their highest point since May 2008, as the threat of Europe’s financial crisis seemed to ease and the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly broke through 13,000. Analysts said there were reasons to hope for better times in the US and global economies, thanks to European nations assembling an aid package for Greece. But corporate earnings here at home continued to show a mixed picture, and economists fretted about rising gasoline prices.