The Dow Jones Industrial Average moved up 103.16 points Wednesday to finish at 12,908.70 while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 tacked on 32.56 points and 9.11 points, respectively.

In economic news, the Commerce Department reported that new housing starts grew at their fastest pace in more than three years.

Here are some more details from Tuesday’s trading session:

Dow Jones Industrial Average:

  • Up two consecutive trading days and three of the last four sessions.
  • Up 181.49 points, or 1.43%, over the two-day period.
  • Largest two-day points and percentage gain since July 16, 2012.
  • Hit an intraday high of 12921.94 occurred at 12:23:42 today, representing an increase of 116.40 points, or 0.91%.
  • Hit an intraday low of 12754.61 occurred at 09:32:11 today, representing a decrease of 50.93 points, or 0.40%.
  • Twenty-three of the 30 component stocks rose, six fell, one was unchanged.
  • Today's top five contributors to The Dow's movement and their point contribution: IBM (34.81), MMM (14.30), UTX (9.46), CAT (8.55), INTC (6.28).
  • Today's bottom five laggards: AXP (-2.95), BAC (-2.95), KO (-1.89), MRK (-1.89), WMT (-1.89).
  • Highest closing value since July 03, 2012.
  • Down 8.87% from its record close of 14164.53 on October 09, 2007.
  • Up 97.17% from its 12-year closing low of 6547.05 on March 9, 2009.
  • Up 2.68% from 52 weeks ago.
  • Up 6.67% from its 2012 closing low of 12101.46 on June 04, 2012.
  • Down 2.79% from its 52-week high of 13279.32 on May 01, 2012.
  • Up 21.15% (rounded) from its 52-week low of 10655.30 on October 03, 2011.
  • Month-to-date: up 0.22%.
  • Year-to-date: up 5.66%.

Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index:

14206.00, up 92.10 points, or 0.65%, or approximately $110 billion in market capitalization

  • Up two consecutive trading days.
  • Up 190.16 points, or 1.36%, over the two-day period.
  • Largest two-day points and percentage gain since July 02, 2012.
  • Up three of the past four trading days.
  • Highest closing value since July 03, 2012.
  • Down 9.78% (approximately $2.7 trillion in market cap), from its record close of 15745.39 on October 09, 2007.
  • Up 108.91% (approximately $8.5 trillion in market cap), from the 12-½ year closing low of 6800.08 on March 9, 2009.
  • Up 2.20% from 52 weeks ago.
  • Up 7.57% from its 2012 closing low of 13206.64 on January 04, 2012.
  • Down 3.62% from its 52-week high of 14740.15 on April 02, 2012.
  • Up 25.73% from its 52-week low of 11299.07 on October 03, 2011.
  • Month-to-date: up 0.75%, or approximately $107 billion in market cap.
  • Year-to-date: up 9.11%, or approximately $1.3 trillion in market cap.

Data courtesy of Dow Jones Indexes.