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 prime minister Mario Monti (left) shakes hands with a UAE official as he arrives Nov. 20, 2012, to the UAE-Italy Business Forum at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with Sultan bin Saeed al Mansoori, UAE minister of economy (second left). (Associated Press)

**FILE** Italian prime minister Mario Monti (left) shakes hands with a UAE official as he arrives Nov. 20, 2012, to the UAE-Italy Business Forum at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with Sultan bin Saeed al Mansoori, UAE minister of economy (second left). (Associated Press)

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