Dow 40000, Now What?

Last month we witnessed the Dow trade above 40000 for the first time ever and now the question is, now what? Yes, that’s right, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (see chart here) eclipsed the 40000 marks for the first time in its history. I remember back in 1999 there was a book that I bought titled “Dow 40000” by David Elias. Mr. Elias predicted that the Dow would hit 40000 by the year 2016. Well, that might have been a bit too optimistic regarding the timeframe, but as we just witnessed, his prediction of Dow 40000 came true. For me as I read that book, the Dow was trading in the 10000 zone, and this was nearing the height of the dot-com boom. My view at that point in time was how in the world can the Dow Jones Industrial Average triple from here after it more than tripled during the dot-com boom. It took 25 years to do so and now the question on many investors’ minds is “has become was a short-or near-term top?” Based on how the Dow has responded after reaching that record high of 40000, it sure appears that way.

After topping 40000, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (see chart here and below) the Dow gave back 2000 points over the course of the next week or so and then on Friday bounced back to close at 38600 which is right at its 100-day moving average. The Dow wasn’t the only index to reach record heights. The Nasdaq Composite (see chart here) also hit an all-time high last month topping the 17000 mark, the S&P 500 (see chart here) hit an all-time high of 5346 while the small-cap Russell 2000 (see chart here) is seemingly locked in a trading zone between 1900 and 2100.

I remain in awe of the strength of the stock market despite all the headwinds our economy faces and with the geopolitical backdrop. We also cannot forget this is an election year like no other. To that end, I am expecting volatility to rear its head this summer and as we head into the fall.

Good luck to all 🙂