Dow closes above 26000 for the 1st time, up more than 300pts

Dow closes above 26000 for the 1st time, up more than 300pts

The Dow closed above 26,000 for the first time in its history, as bank earnings, Boeing (BA) and IBM (IBM) drove the blue-chip index higher Wednesday.

Fourth quarterly reports have fuelled a bull market as indexed companies experience strong earnings that are supported by U.S. tax reform and sustained global economic growth. The Dow industrials briefly climbed above the 26000 milestone on Tuesday before giving up gains. The company's stock ended an increase of 1.7%.

"You'd typically see and expect the markets to interpret that in a positive manner, but a lot of indices have moved back".

World stock markets advanced on Tuesday, with investors on Wall Street pushing the Dow index past the 26,000 threshold, while the USA dollar strengthened after four days of declines.

"The Dow's performance in the first two weeks of 2018 has been nothing short of breathtaking", said Jesse Cohen, senior editor at Investing.com. But excluding the one-time charges, Citigroup earned a profit. "What's held them back seems to be company-specific", said Shawn Cruz, senior trading specialist at TD Ameritrade in Chicago, making reference to General Electric. The nation's largest insurer also raised its forecast well beyond expectations, largely due to help from the federal tax overhaul.

UnitedHealth Group gained 1.9 percent after its said earnings more than doubled in the final quarter of 2017. Liquidity allows an investor to enter and exit a stock at a good price (i.e. tight spreads, or the difference between the bid and ask price of a stock, and low slippage, or the difference between the predictable price of a trade and the actual price). The cost of a barrel finished the day at $63.90.

The energy sector fell 1.2 percent as Brent crude oil shed some of its recent gains, falling almost $1 per barrel.

The company's organic sales rose 3.7 percent in 2017, which was "below the range of the long-term strategic growth target due to the modest growth of the USA companies", it said in a statement.

The Japanese yen was flat at 110.54 per dollar, the first retreat in more than a week. The euro strengthened to $1.2281 from $1.2258. The Dow Jones Small-Cap Value TSM Index closed at 10,476.31 for a gain of 86.35 points or 0.83%. In Germany, the Dax added 0.35 per cent, while the French Cac 40 was up less than 0.1 per cent. India's Sensex added 0.8 percent to 35,035.49.

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