24/7 Wall St. Closing Bell — March 26, 2013: Markets Push Equities Higher Today (BTU, AAPL, FIO, CAT, EA, FMCN, SONC, PRTS, MFRM, SAI, ZIOP, HPQ, DELL, AMX)

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Bull and Bear figuresU.S. equity markets opened higher this morning and a spate of decent news on U.S. housing kept markets in the green all day. The S&P 500 index finished the day’s session within sight of it’s all-time high close of 1,565.15. In the U.S., the S&P Case-Shiller house price index sharply in January, at a rate last seen before the housing crash in 2008 (more coverage here). Orders for durable goods rose (more coverage here), but consumer confidence took a dive (more coverage here and here). In France, consumer confidence slipped, and the resolution of the Cyprus banking crisis appears to have calmed some fears. There was no data out of Asia either, but China’s official newspaper has taken a swipe at another major U.S. company (more coverage here).

The U.S. dollar index rose 0.08% today, now at 82.894. The GSCI commodity index is up 0.4% at…

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