Stocks Soar on Retails Sales Data, Mergers

Stronger than expected retail sales data for November and the latest bout of merger fever helped push stocks to strong gains across-the-board today. The Dow was up 95.10 points, or 0.90 percent, to 10,638.32. The Nasdaq moved higher by 20.43 points, or 0.96 percent. The S&P 500 finished up 10.6

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