Dow notches ninth straight gain, longest since 1996
ASSOCIATED PRESS March 13, 2013 8:14AM
FILE - In this Friday, March 1, 2013, file photo, specialist Peter Elkins works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets ran out of steam Wednesday March 13, 2013 after a sharp drop in Britain's industrial production and a warning from the head of Germany's central bank that the euro debt crisis isn't over. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Updated: March 13, 2013 4:37PM
The Dow Jones industrial average has notched its ninth gain in a row, giving the index its longest winning streak in 16 years.
The Dow rose five points, or 0.04 percent, to close at 14,455 points Wednesday.
The Dow has risen every day so far in March, adding 400 points to the index. It broke through its previous all-time high on March 5th.
The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed two points to 1,554, a gain of 0.1 percent.
The Nasdaq composite edged up nearly three points to 3,245.
Retail stocks rose after the government reported an unexpectedly big increase in consumer spending last month.
Rising stocks outpaced falling ones on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was slightly lower than the recent average at 3 billion shares.