Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Nov. 15. Photo: Spencer Platt / Staff
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit and closed above 28,000 for the first time ever on Friday, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also closed at new records.
Why it matters: The 28,000 level has no relevance in and of itself, but the markets' new highs in recent weeks is a sign of investors' renewed confidence in the state of the U.S. economy.
- The S&P 500 is on a six-week winning streak — the longest stretch of gains in two years, per CNBC — though the index's daily gains have been tepid.