It's hard to criticize or quibble over a stock market hitting fresh all-time highs.
But there is one tiny piece of the bullish puzzle missing in the bull's latest run for the roses: Virtually every stock index with name-recognition has notched a new record high except the blue chip Dow Jones industrial average.
The Standard & Poor's 500 made news Thursday after posting a fresh closing record. The small-fry Russell 2000 stock index was already in new-high territory, as was the Wilshire 5000 index, to name a few.
But despite a 74-point jump to 16,272.65 on Thursday, the Dow remains more than 304 points, or 1.8%, below its
The Dow is lagging, and that's a negative.
Lagging indexes such as the Dow are viewed suspiciously as a "divergence," which is a dirty word on
Watch closely to see if the Dow joins the new-high party. If it does, it means the uptrend is solid across the board.
If the iconic Dow fails to join its fellow stock indexes in new-high territory, it could be a signal that the rally is in danger of losing its mojo.
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