04/09/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Wall Street Shows Optimism That Crisis Is Fading

Stocks started the second quarter with a soaring rally on Tuesday that sent the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 400 points, its best performance in two weeks, as investors found reasons to take heart in a fresh round of mortgage-related write-offs at UBS and Deutsche Bank and a capital infusion at Lehman Brothers, the brokerage firm.

The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index gained 3.6 percent on the strength of a surge in shares of financial services firms. Lehman Brothers, the bond insurer MBIA and the mortgage giant Fannie Mae were among the index's biggest gainers.

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