Optimism was boosted by better than expected data out of China, but investors await the private sector jobs report.
It's in line with long-term growth opportunities and will help the company better serve its existing customers there.
Now that the charts have had a rest, the banks look logical here.
Australia is more optimistic about iron ore prices this year, but other analysts think the price has peaked.
Stocks are higher ahead of the pending FOMC rate decision, due out later Wednesday afternoon.
The price-weighted blue-chip index could climb there with the help of just a few components.
IBM, Caterpillar and 3M contribute the most to the Dow's 118% gain since the March 2009 market bottom. Only one Dow stock is lower since then: Hewlett-Packard.
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