Investors wasted no time getting 2012 off to a strong start Tuesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average stormed up 180 points, or 1.5%, to finish at 12,397.38 with stocks from a variety of industries benefiting from the buying frenzy.

The Nasdaq rallied up 43.57 points, or 1.7%, to 2,648.72 while the S&P 500 added 19 points to close at 1,277.06.

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