Tax Advice Santa Rosa – WHAT DOES THE DOW’S RECORD HIGH REALLY MEAN?

March 14th, 2013 → 4:19 pm @ // No Comments

Does it signal anything more than bullish sentiment?

Next stop, 15,000? As the Dow Jones Industrial Average settled at a new all-time high of 14,253.77 on March 5, the psychological lift on Wall Street was undeniable – the market was finally back to where it was in 2007. Or was it?

For many Americans, the Dow equals the stock market, and the stock market is a direct product of the economy. It doesn’t quite work that way, of course. Right now, it is worth examining some of the factors that have driven the Dow to its series of record closes. Does the Dow’s impressive winter rally signal anything more than unbridled bullish enthusiasm?

The small picture. Investors should remember that the Dow Jones Industrial Average includes just 30 stocks – 30 closely watched stocks, to be sure, but still just 30 of roughly 2,800 companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The S&P 500, with its 500 components, is considered a better measure of the market. When you hear or read that “stocks advanced today” or “stocks retreated this afternoon”, the reference is to the S&P. As the Dow kept settling at all-time peaks in early March, the S&P was …Read More


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