NEW YORK (May 14, 2013)--The National Federation of Independent Business issued a report Tuesday that found that small business owners were slightly more optimistic in April and that helped send the Russell 2000 index of small company stocks up 1.3 percent, more than other market indexes.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 123 points to close at 15,215 Tuesday, a gain of 0.8 percent, the 18th straight Tuesday of gains for the Dow.
The Standard and Poor's 500 index rose 16 points to end at 1,650, or 1 percent.
The Nasdaq composite rose 23 points to close at 3,462, a gain of 0.7 percent.
Sony jumped 10 percent after a hedge fund manager proposed that the company be broken up.