Wall St rallies further on budget talk hopes

NEW YORK Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:26am IST

Trading specialists work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chip East

Trading specialists work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, November 19, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street rallied on Monday, with the Nasdaq Composite up 2 percent, as investors were encouraged by the early tone in talks to tackle the U.S. fiscal crunch and by data that showed an advance in the housing sector's recovery.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 175.82 points, or 1.40 percent, to 12,764.13. The S&P 500 Index gained 23.74 points, or 1.75 percent, to 1,383.62. The Nasdaq Composite added 56.70 points, or 1.99 percent, to 2,909.83.

(Editing by Dan Grebler)

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