More good news for the Republicans
Dow average nears 12,000 as tech stocks climb
Report shows economists are more positive about economic growth
NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average neared 12,000 for the first time since June 2008 Monday as technology and materials companies led broad gains in the stock market.
Technology stocks rose after Intel Corp. increased its dividend and said it would buy back more of its stock. The company gained 1.7 percent.