Sunday, July 6, 2014

Due to Job Gain Dow Average over 17,000

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Because of the surging job gains, economic recovery, and central bank support it boost the Dow Jones Industrial Average over 17,000 for the 1st time Thursday. This is Dow's 1,000-point milestone this year. Job hiring in the U.S. accelerated last month.

It rose from the beginning of trading after reports of U.S. employers hired more employees than investors and economists expected. Trading was not heavy, though, and the market closed early because of 4th of July holiday. More than $200 billion was also added to U.S. equities during the week.

Micron Technology Inc. and Netflix Inc. advanced at least 6.9% as the Russell 2000 (RTY) Index recovered nearly all its losses from a 2-month selloff of Internet and small-cap shares. The Dow Jones Transportation Average (TRAN) rallied 1.5 percent to a record on the strength of global manufacturing.

The Dow were up by 216.42 points (1.3%) to 17,068.26. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed by 1.3% to a record 1,985.44. The Russell 2000 jumped 1.6%, reaching an intraday high on July 1. The MSCI All-Country World Index increased 1.4% over four days to reach an all-time high.

It took the Dow 227 days to cross the 17,000 mark after surpassing 16,000 for the first time on Nov. 18. Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment, Walt Disney Co., the biggest entertainment company, and computer-chip maker Intel Corp. led the advance, rising more than 20%.

The jobs report is the latest piece of data to show the U.S. economy continues to improve steadily. Last Wednesday, the payroll processor ADP said private businesses added 281,000 jobs in June, up from 179,000 in May. Also this week, the Institute for Supply Management said the U.S. manufacturing expanded for the 13th consecutive month.

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