Aircraft orders declined in November after soaring the previous month.
AutoNation and Group 1 follow United Auto higher after the company raises its guidance.
In the absence of anything terrible, investors key on good news from Wal-Mart and Yahoo!
A rise in sentiment bodes well for hopes of a recovery in '02.
CDW Computer rises ahead of its entry in the Nasdaq 100.
Siebel and Veritas both inch up in the late session.
Goldman, Bear Stearns and Lehman each post brutal year-end numbers.
The company is guardedly optimistic about 2002.
An analyst says the sector's big run-up reflects more fancy than fact.
The rash of deals boosted the market, but investment banking remains far from a recovery.