(1) A survey of the mid-America region by Creighton University saw its index jump from 50.0 in December, 2011 to 55.9 in January, 2012, the largest monthly gain since Oct. 2009. A reading above 50.0
(2) Ford Motor Co., with a more than 200 percent increase in net income for 2011, reported its strongest year in a decade as American automakers continue to recover from the tailspin of 2008 and 2009.
3) In February, the DOW had its best closing level since 2008. In addition, the technology-heavy NASDAQ composite index turned in its best close since December, 2000.
(4) GE plans to hire 5,000 veterans over the next 5 years and invest $580 million to expand its aviation business.