On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through another round number. The index surpassed 13,000 less than seven months after crossing 12,000, as major corporations made ever greater profits. The previous 1,000 points had taken seven years, CBS' Anthony Mason pointed out. ABC's Betsy Stark (subscription required) speculated that "investors seemed willing to look past some not-so-good news" about real estate foreclosures and rising gasoline prices. After four years of rising stock prices "this bull is long of tooth," she warned and "overdue" for a correction with a 10% loss in value.
CNBC's Erin Burnett argued that the bull market represents encouraging news for the economy at large: it means that foreign capital is eager to invest in domestic corporations; it shows that the financial markets are not worried about a spreading real estate slump; and it reveals optimism that consumer spending will not sag. "We could have more records in store."
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