Closing Bell Report

The markets surged to close sharply higher over news that Citigroup secured a $7.5 billion investment from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. The Dow leaped 215 points to 12,958 while Nasdaq soared 40 points to 2581.

On the upside

Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC) signed a two year contract allowing UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH) members access to Tenet's acute care hospitals.

Barclays (NYSE: BCS) reaffirmed its earnings outlook.

Higher revenue lifted fourth quarter earnings for Datawatch (Nasdaq: DWCH) to beat expectations.

On the downside

Even though Bidz.com (Nasdaq: BIDZ) reported a 78% surge in holiday sales over the Thanksgiving weekend, the online jewelry auctioneer forecast revenue at the low end of estimates.

Fourth quarter earnings for AECOM Technology (NYSE: ACM) rose to beat expectations but the professional and technical support services provider disappointed with fiscal 2008 results that were merely in line with estimates.

Concerns that Ambac Financial (NYSE: ABK) must raise more capital to maintain its credit rating sent shares of the bond insurer tumbling.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks climbed 8 points to 743.

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