Dow Returns to Record Highs

Not only did the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a new intraday record today, but it ended at all-time highs and two-thirds of its components closed in the black. Paradoxically, expectations for low growth this earnings season may be aiding the market's gravity-defying run. Potentially easy-to-beat low expectations combined with some product-driven rallies helped the Dow add about 60 points, or 0.4%, to close at 14,673. 

Technology in particular showed up today, ending as the second-hottest major sector. Leading the charge in blue chips, Microsoft surged 3.6% on excitement about its new Xbox model. Word has it the company will showcase the upcoming console at an event next month, where price points (there could be two versions) and product specs will be revealed. 

Shares of chip maker Advanced Micro Devices  rose in connection with the new console as well. Shares rocketed more than 13% higher yesterday when word broke that AMD will provide the processor for the next Xbox, and investors continued to bid the stock 1.5% higher today. Microsoft is hoping the console catches on as a versatile, all-in-one entertainment device. If it can pull that off, both AMD and Microsoft stand to benefit from its ubiquity.


Intel shares continued a rally that began late Monday after details broke on its new Thunderbolt port for Macs. Enabling major advances in graphical content and transfer speeds, the Thunderbolt reportedly supports  data transfers of up to 20 gigabits per second. Though major production isn't expected until 2014, a product demonstration yesterday got Wall Street antsy. Shares rose 3.1% today.

Of course, the Dow still had a handful of laggards, and Procter & Gamble ended as the index's worst performer, down 0.7%. P&G's slip wasn't predicated by much substance. The stock mostly suffered with the rest of the consumer goods sector, which, next to utilities, suffered the poorest showing Tuesday. 

 

When it comes to dominating markets, it doesn't get much better than Intel's position in the PC microprocessor arena. However, that market is maturing, and Intel finds itself in a precarious situation longer term if it doesn't find new avenues for growth. In this premium research report on Intel, our analyst runs through all of the key topics investors should understand about the chip giant. Click here now to learn more.

The article Dow Returns to Record Highs originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor John Divine has no position in any stocks mentioned.  You can follow him on Twitter @divinebizkid and on Motley Fool CAPS @TMFDivine . The Motley Fool recommends Intel and Procter & Gamble. It owns shares of Intel and Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Learn about investing from the comfort of your own home.

Portfolio Basics

Take the first steps to building your portfolio.

View Course »

Investment Strategies

Learn the strategies you need to build a winning portfolio

View Course »

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum