WOODBURY - The Dow Jones industrial average made strides again today, coming close to closing at an important milestone. The Dow closed at 12,949.87, only about 50 points shy of the all-important 13,000 mark. It has not reached 13,000 since before the financial crisis started in 2008. Financial analysts say 13,000 will be a key psychological milestone, suggesting that investors feel optimistic about the improving economic atmosphere.