For the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, the Dow Jones Industrial average has closed above the 13,000 mark.

It didn't do it by much — about 5 points.

We'll have more in a moment.

Update at 4:15 p.m. ET:

As The Wall Street Journal reports, "after just failing to close at the milestone during the five previous trading sessions, the Dow gained 24 points, or 0.2%, to close at 13005."

Bloomberg News says "a better-than-estimated consumer confidence report bolstered optimism in the world's largest economy," and led to today's gain. The Conference Board's widely watched consumer confidence index rose to 70.8 in February, from 61.5 in January, the business research group said earlier today.

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