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Dow closes above 15,000 for first time

People walk beneath a Times Square news ticker announcing the Dow passing the 15,000 mark on May 3, 2013 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average Tuesday closed above 15,000 for the first time, as investor optimism about the US economy bolsteredThe blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average Tuesday closed above 15,000 for the first time as investor optimism about the US economy bolstered equities like Caterpillar. The Dow jumped 87.31 (0.58 percent) to finish at 15,056.20, only two days after it first crossed the 15,000 threshold in intraday trade.