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Best stocks to buy for the week ending Feb. 28, 2014: The S&P 500 Index finished February up 4.3% at 1,859.45, its best month since October and its best February since 1998.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended February 4% higher, trimming year-to-date losses to 1.5%. And the Nasdaq closed out the month up 5%. The tech-heavy index is up 3.2% in 2014 and sits at a 13 1/2-year high.
Five years ago this Sunday, on March 9, 2009, the S&P 500 closed at 676.58, its lowest level since the start of the 2008 financial crisis. Since then, stock returns have more than tripled.