The Dow just closed above the 36,000 milestone for the first time

view original post

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 36,000 Tuesday, a day after it briefly topped the milestone for the first time ever.

1,000-point milestones on their own don’t carry much significance in terms of market fundamentals or even technicals, but some analysts contend they are at least symbolically important as the bull-market recovery from the pandemic-induced bear market of spring 2020 steams on.

“The Dow 36,000 milestone comes almost one year after the Dow crossed 30,000, and suggests the bull market is still intact, although we are in the later stages of the bull market,” said Robert Schein, chief investment officer at Blanke Schein Wealth Management, in emailed remarks after the Dow ticked above the barrier early Monday.

The move also put a spotlight on a 1999 book, “Dow 36,000”, that had predicted stocks would quadruple within a few years.

The Dow DJIA, +0.39% finished with a gain of 138.79 points, or 0.4%, at 36,052.63 and is up 17.8% for the year to date. The large-cap S&P 500 SPX, +0.37% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.34% also ended at records. The S&P 500 is up 23.3% in the year to date, while the Nasdaq has advanced more than 21%.

It was 71 trading days since the Dow last cleared a 1,000-point milestone, marking the longest stretch between milestones since the stretch of 218 trading days between the Dow’s move between 29,000 and 30,000 completed in November of last year, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

The close above 36,000 marks the Dow’s sixth 1,000-point milestone of 2021, the most ever seen in a single year. Obviously, however, such moves are less impressive on a percentage basis the higher the Dow climbs. The move between 35,000 and 36,000 marks a mere 2.9% rise.

Dow Jones Market Data noted that Salesforce.com Inc. CRM, +0.06% has been the biggest contributor to the Dow’s rise since 35,000, while Visa Inc. V, -1.56% has been the biggest drag.