Strong sales from McDonald's spur Dow

Strong sales report from McDonald’s helped to offset concerns about the surprise resignation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in early trading.

**FILE** Italian premier Mario Monti looks down Oct. 24, 2012, during a joint press conference with Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann at Chigi palace at the Premier's office in Rome on Oct. 24, 2012. (Associated Press)

**FILE** Italian premier Mario Monti looks down Oct. 24, 2012, during a joint press conference with Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann at Chigi palace at the Premier's office in Rome on Oct. 24, 2012. (Associated Press)

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