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Closing Bell: 10.29.07

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Stocks nudged up a bit today. The major indexes gained as much as three-quarters of a percent each before declining a bit to close with gains nearer to one-half of a percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 63.56, or 0.5%, to 13870.26. The S&P 500 bloomed 5.70, or 0.4%, to 1540.98. The Nasdaq Composite Index, uhm, tuliped 13.25, or 0.5%, to 2817.44. The Amex Broker-Dealer Index saw even more action—both to the upside and the downside—today, and closed up 0.95%. On the New York Stock Exchange Monday, rising stocks beat decliners by 1.8:1.3. Volume declined a bit from recently elevated levels, so that just 1.2 billion shares traded hands electronic accounts.
After a brief dip downward following the opening bell, shares of Merrill mostly tracked the Broker-Dealer Index until around 1 PM, when they broke out to the upside. The stock closed with a gain of 2.01% for the day.
FT Alphaville. They liked alpha so much they made an entire village out of it.