Optimistic investors took advantage of the extra day in February this Leap Year, pushing the Dow above 13,000 points albeit briefly for the first time since May 2008 and moving the closely watched index up 319.16 points, or 2.53%, for the month.
Those gains came on the heels of a robust January during which the Dow rallied up 3.4%, the best January percentage gain since 1997.
For some companies, there was a lot to love about February.
Heres an interactive slide show highlighting the 5 best-performing Dow component stocks for February 2012.
Source: Dow Jones Indexes