US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St rises 2 pct as 2008 draws to close


NEW YORK, Dec 31 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes all rose 2 percent within the last few minutes of trading on Wednesday, marking the end of a dismal 2008, one of the worst years for markets since the Great Depression. * "Most people can't wait to see the day and the year end, said Joe Kinahan, chief derivatives strategist at online brokerage thinkorswim Group in Chicago. "Between the markets being just terrible and all the scandals such as Madoff, 2008 will not be a fondly remembered year." ...

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