Dow Jones breaks through 22,000
The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged past 22,000 points for the first time ever in opening trade on Wednesday, lifted by a rise in Apple shares.
The Dow, a basket of 30 major US stocks, added more than 46 points in opening trade, rising 0.21% to 22,010.62.
The Wednesday morning milestone continued a streak of share price gains since January.
The wider S&P 500 index was essentially flat at 2,476.93.
The tech-focused Nasdaq index climbed 24.37 points or 0.38% to 6,387.31.
The markets’ rise on Wednesday morning was attributed to reaction to earnings from technology giant Apple.
Shares of the California company spiked more than 5% after the firm reported strong sales of iPhones, iPads and other services.
The Dow has risen almost 11% since the start of the year. The S&P is up about 10%, while the Nasdaq has climbed about 17%.
Analysts first said the stock rally was due to optimism about business-friendly policies such as corporate tax reform. Now they say strong corporate earnings are boosting share prices.
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