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Dow Tops 25,000 as Global Stock Markets Rally

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Stocks rallied around the world on signs the global economic expansion that pushed benchmarks to records in 2017 remains intact. The dollar slipped and U.S. Treasuries declined as a private report showed U.S. employment strengthening.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed 25,000 for the first time, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite reached all-time highs. Trading in S&P 500 stocks was not slowed by the storm lashing the East Coast, with volumes about 20 percent above the 30-day average.

Builders and carmakers led the advance in Europe, with most of the sectors in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index strengthening. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index hit a record after benchmarks in Tokyo closed at their highest in more than a quarter century.

In the U.S., companies added more workers to payrolls than expected in December, data from the ADP Research Institute showed. The economy probably added 190,000 workers in December, the median projection of economists surveyed by Bloomberg ahead of Labor Department data due Friday.

“You saw some very positive numbers coming out of the U.S. payrolls, which continues to show this economic growth story,” said Francis Gannon, co-chief investment officer at Royce Funds. “That’s what the market is running on. It’s this idea that the economy is doing better than people think, and then you’ve got the tax reform on top of it, which is kind of adding fuel to the fire.”

Core European bonds pared Wednesday’s gains and the euro advanced toward a three-year high as data showed economic activity in the region accelerated to the fastest pace in almost seven years.

Meanwhile, commodities steadied after a record run of gains with oil trading close to its highest in three years. South Africa’s rand led an advance in emerging-market currencies.

Here are highlights of key events investors will be monitoring the rest of the week: The U.S. session features St. Louis Fed President James Bullard delivering a keynote address in Philadelphia; U.S. December employment data are due on Friday; and India releases an estimate for 2018 economic growth Friday.

These are the main moves in markets:


The S&P 500 Index climbed 0.4 percent to 2,723.99 as of 4:07 p.m. in New York, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.6 percent 25,075.13 and the NASDAQ Composite Index rose 0.2 percent to 7,077.915. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.9 percent, the highest in eight weeks on the biggest rise in more than two weeks. The MSCI All-Country World Index advanced 0.5 percent to the highest on record.


West Texas Intermediate oil for February delivery rose 38 cents to $62.01 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold rose 0.7 percent to $1,322.55 an ounce.


The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.2 percent. The euro advanced 0.5 percent to $1.2069, after touching the strongest in about three years.


The yield on 2-year Treasuries advanced two basis points to 1.96 percent. Germany’s 10-year yield was little changed at 0.43 percent. Britain’s 10-year yield advanced two basis points to 1.23 percent.


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