Dow 22000: Is Today the Day?

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"US stocks are higher in early action, with the tech sector getting a boost from the better-than-expected earnings results from Dow member Apple", said analysts at the Charles Schwab brokerage. The company posted its first quarterly profit in nearly three years. It is up 236% since its bear market low of 6547.05, which means a $10,000 investment would be worth $33,600 now. It pierced through the 20,000 milestone in January and the 21,000 mark barely one and a half months later.

Those gains balanced losses in basic materials and energy to leave MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan steady near its highest since late 2007.

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"Chatter about Dow 25,000 would worry me", he says, calling it "a sign of a market top" and "too much exuberance". The Dow utilities climbed almost 0.4%.

The market indicator is used to gauge the health of the stock market, and is composed of an average of 30 of the strongest and most influential stocks.

Currently, the Dow's advance is being powered by better business conditions, recovering economies and improving corporate profits in the US and overseas.

Smaller companies, for example, were supposed to be big winners if US tax rates dropped because they tend to do more of their business domestically, and they do not have the armies of accountants that big multinational corporations use to lower their tax bills. Apple stock climbed 6% to an all-time high of its own because of optimism about the next version of the iPhone. That's how it is supposed to work, he adds. The Federal Reserve official were also not sure of themselves, at least from the early FOMC meeting, over whether or the economy is strong enough to start a wind down of its debt hoard from the QE program. Since the opening bell rung, it has reached a low of 21,940 points and a high of 21,990 points.

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"We anticipate a stronger upgrade cycle in (2018) with the 10-year anniversary iPhone 8, as our surveys indicate strong consumer interest in and anticipation for new iPhones anticipated to launch in September", said Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. Rising earnings estimates have made AXTI a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), while earnings and revenue growth are expected to easily outperformance industry averages.

The Dow has risen 11 per cent in 2017 and is on track for its sixth straight record close, even as Wall Street loses confidence that President Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress will be able to cut taxes and increase infrastructure spending this year. Potential budgetary gridlock in coming months could also spook investors.

SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) opened at 219.37 on Wednesday.

The Dow is a price-weighted index, meaning names like Apple, with its $158 price tag, and Boeing, which trades around $238 per share, will generally have more of an influence over the index than components like the roughly $25 per share General Electric Co. The RSI is considered to be an internal strength indicator, not to be confused with relative strength which is compared to other stocks and indices.

USA equities and stock exchange traded funds strengthened in July and experienced one of their best months since February as a strong corporate earnings season helped maintain the momentum in the ongoing bull market.

"The bull market is sort of broadening out and people are taking a few profits off the table on some these stocks that have done exceedingly well", said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin, Texas.