Wall St rises; Dow above 19,000 for first time

U.S. stocks extend their post-U.S. election rise with moderate gains that push the Dow above 19,000 and the three major indexes to record closing levels for a second straight day.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 22, 2016) (NYSE) – U.S. stocks extended their post-U.S. election rally on Tuesday (November 22) with moderate gains that pushed the Dow above 19,000 and the three major indexes to record closing levels for a second straight day.

The S&P 500 ended above 2,200, led by gains in telecommunications, up 2.1 percent, and consumer discretionaries , up 1.2 percent. The small-cap Russell 2000 index also set another record high close.

Stocks have mostly rallied since the Nov. 8 election. Investors see President-elect Donald Trump’s promises of tax cuts, higher spending on infrastructure and less regulation as beneficial to certain industries, including banking, industrials and healthcare.

The Dow Jones industrial average ended up 67.18 points, or 0.35 percent, to 19,023.87, the S&P 500 gained 4.76 points, or 0.22 percent, to 2,202.94 and the Nasdaq Composite added 17.49 points, or 0.33 percent, to 5,386.35.

All three indexes also hit record intraday highs. The Dow took 121 trading days to reach 18,000 points from 17,000, but has since crawled along, taking another 483 days to breach 19,000.

The Dow is now up 9.2 percent for the year so far, while the S&P 500 is up 7.8 percent.

But some market participants question if the rally is sustainable, with the S&P 500 trading near 17.3 times forward 12-month earnings, above the 10-year median of 14.7 times, according to StarMine data.

Dollar Tree, up 8.2 percent at $88.68 (USD), was the biggest percentage gainer among discretionaries. The dollar-store chain reported a better-then-expected quarterly profit.

The healthcare index, which saw a sharp run higher following the election, was off 1.4 percent, leading the decliners.

Medtronic tumbled 8.7 percent to $73.60 after the medical device maker reported quarterly revenue that missed expectations and cut its full-year adjusted earnings forecast.