Gain in home prices lifts stocks; S&P near high

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, March 19, 2013. European markets steadied Tuesday March 26, 2013, a day after they were roiled by a suggestion from a leading European finance official that the Cyprus bailout was a model for the future. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed within a point of its all-time high after another strong report on housing encouraged investors to buy stocks.


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