Dow Sets Record For The Third Straight Day

Posted at 4:40 PM, Mar 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-07 16:40:24-05

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.2%, reaching a record high of 14,329.49. Earlier in the day, the Dow also climbed to an intraday all-time high of 14,354.69.

The S&P 500, now just 2% away from its all-time high, rose 0.2%, while the Nasdaq increased 0.3%.

The recent rally has been driven by a series of strong economic reports, particularly related to the job market and manufacturing, said Marc Chandler, strategist for Brown Brothers Harriman.

The U.S. economy has proven itself “fairly resistant to the fiscal cliff and the sequester,” he said.

Ahead of Thursday’s open, the Department of Labor reported that initial jobless claims fell to 340,000 last week. That was down from an upwardly revised tally of 347,000 the prior week and lower than the 350,000 forecast economists had expected.

This week’s report on private-sector job growth from payroll processing firm ADP was also better than expected, raising hopes that Friday’s February jobs report, due before the opening bell, would also be strong.

Economists surveyed by CNNMoney expect a gain of 170,000 jobs for the month.