Dow soars to open above 23000 for the first time

Todd Singleton
October 20, 2017

It came a day after the index broke through the 23,000 level for the first time, although it fell back to close below the milestone.

U.S. online streaming giant, Netflix, also posted better-than-expected earnings and revenue boosted by stronger-than-expected subscriber growth.

Solid earnings and hopes that President Donald Trump may be able to make progress on tax cuts have helped the market rally this year.

"We're in a sweet spot where the economy is growing not too strong and not too weak, the Fed's tightening but not too rapidly and earnings continue to expand".

JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America led gains in bank stocks, tracking a climb in U.S. Treasury yields, which benefits banks.

About 5.5 billion shares changed hands on USA exchanges. The report, due at 2:00 p.m. ET (1800 GMT), will likely show if inflation pressures are accelerating.

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The Dow rose 40.48 points, or 0.2 percent, to 22,997.44. Biogen rose $8.799, or 2.6 percent, to $344.47, while Anthem rose $3.50, or 1.9 percent, to $187.26.

The tech-focused Nasdaq index dropped 3.44 points, to 6,620.57.

Health care companies posted some of the biggest gains after strong earnings from UnitedHealth Group and Johnson & Johnson were announced.

Second, unlike the S&P 500, which is a market-cap-weighted index, the Dow is a price-weighted index.

Winners and Losers: Freeport-McMoRan sunk 2.23 percent after Deutsche Bank downgraded the mining company's stock to "Sell".

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,669 to 815.

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