Stock market today: Dow Jones Industrial Average hits 40,000 for the 1st time, up 6% so far this year

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Thursday, May 16, 2024 3:20PM

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 40,000 for the first time in history on Thursday.

This is a significant and symbolic milestone for the index that tracks 30 of the most valuable publicly traded companies in the U.S.

The Dow is now up about 6% so far this year.

The recent rally in the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq has been fueled by data showing inflation is cooling, which would allow the Federal Reserve to begin its long-awaited interest rate cuts.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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