The Dow Just Hit a Record High. It's About Time.

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The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have been hitting new highs for days now. The Dow finally joined them, after last hitting a new high on Feb. 6. In this market, that feels like a long time to wait.

The Dow Just Hit a Record High. It’s About Time.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have been hitting new highs for days now. The Dow finally joined them, after last hitting a new high on Feb. 6. In this market, that feels like a long time to wait.

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Flying high. The three main U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak’s economic impact seemed to fade. Crude oil finished higher, as did the U.S. dollar. In today’s After the Bell, we...

...ponder the soaring markets in the U.S.;

...marvel at strength in European stocks;

...and wonder if the strong dollar will ruin the rally.

Dollar Does It

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finally decided to join the fun by hitting a record high on Wednesday. Can anything stop the rally?

The Dow gained 275.08 points, or 0.9%, to 29,551.42, while the S&P 500 rose 0.6% to 3379.45, and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.9% to 9725.96. It was the S&P 500’s and Nasdaq Composite’s first new highs since yesterday. It was the Dow’s first new high since, well, Feb. 6.

The U.S.wasn’t the only market flying high. “Stocks had their most bullish session in over a week, as all of the main sectors and even small-caps followed the broader market higher thanks to the improving global sentiment,” writes Gorilla Trades strategist Ken Berman. “European stocks gave a huge pre-market boost to the U.S. market, with several key benchmarks hitting new all-time highs, and bulls continued to push equities higher throughout the session, with all signs pointing to a major risk-on shift.”

Strangely, the U.S. dollar, which often benefits when risk is off, is heading higher. The Dollar Index closed at 99 on Wednesday is more than 2.5 standard deviations above its 50-day moving average, a sign that the greenback is majorly overbought, according to Bespoke Investment Group. A strong dollar, it is said, is bad for the market, and that’s true to a point. “The S&P 500 has tended to underperform in the next week with positive returns less than half of the time,” writes the folks at Bespoke Investment Group. “One, three, and twelve months later, returns are closer to inline with other periods, while stocks have tended towards underperformance six months later. Even if performance has not blown the doors off, the S&P 500 has more often found itself higher rather than lower one year later as well.”

Since 2009, however, the S&P 500 has outperformed handily when the dollar outperforms, as dollar strength indicated not fear but demand for U.S. assets.

Is the same thing happening again?

Write to Ben Levisohn at Ben.Levisohn@barrons.com

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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