Dow up for 2d session, just shy of 9,000 mark

NEW YORK - A stock market gaining in confidence shot higher for a second straight session yesterday as investors bet that President-elect Barack Obama's plans to increase spending on public works projects will help lift the economy back to health. The major market indexes jumped more than 3 percent, and the Dow Jones industrials' nearly 300-point advance gave the blue chips their highest close in a month.

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