Posted: Feb 28, 2012 3:47 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2012 3:47 PM
NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average today closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008, four months before the financial crisis.
The Dow closed up 23 points to finish at 13,005.
It's up more than 6 percent this year, mostly because of enthusiasm about the building U.S. economic recovery.
The Dow first broke 13,000 on April 24, 2007.
The last time it ended a day above 13,000 was May 19, 2008.
Today's close puts the Dow less than 1,200 points aways from an all-time high.