Dow breaks above 26,000 for the first time, 12 days after breaking 25,000 spikes 250 points higher | CNBC

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Dow hits 26,000 just 12 days after 25,000 from CNBC.

U.S. stocks opened sharply higher on Tuesday as key corporate earnings outperform estimates and optimism in the economy remains.

The Dow Jones industrial average spiked 250 points higher, breaking above 26,000 for the first time. The 30-stock index was boosted by gains in UnitedHealth and Merck. The Dow first traded above 25,000 on Jan. 4.

The S&P 500 gained 0.5 percent and traded above 2,800 for the first time. Consumer discretionary stocks were the best performers in the index. The Nasdaq composite advanced 0.7 percent and also hit a record.

Source: Dow breaks above 26,000 for the first time, spikes 250 points higher | CNBC