An increase in the nation's inventory of crude oil lifted the markets during the midday with the Dow gaining 59 points to 12,780. Nasdaq climbed 25 points to 2402.
On the upside
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 7 to 5 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks rose 5 points to 709.