The manufacturing sector - whose earlier slump had helped restrain wage pressures - is rebounding and gaining momentum.
Share prices recovered Tuesday after an early slump caused by fears of rising interest rates, dealers said.
That is the highest level since they rebounded from their early slump of the 1990's.
"I went into an early slump and thought every day that I'd be sent back to Triple A," Ripken said.
Markets Stock prices recovered from an early slump and moved ahead briskly.
The economy bounced back quickly from the two earlier slumps, and most economists speak of a similar revival this time.
The Pirates pulled out of their early slump to post a 12-12 record at the end of April.
Prodded by signs that the economy is mending, stock prices recovered from an early slump and moved ahead briskly yesterday.
And it is what has kept them in the market and, indeed, helped reverse earlier slumps.
Palffy broke out of an early slump, scoring a hat trick against the Sharks.