Dow Jones closes above 20,000 for first time

Team Radio Marketing Group and The Associated Press - January 26, 2017 9:12 am

Specialist Frank Masiello wears a Dow 20,000 cap as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are opening slightly higher Thursday on Wall Street, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 20,000 for the first time.

Energy stocks rose more than the rest of the market early Thursday as the price of oil gained 2 percent.

Southwestern Energy gained 3.1 percent and Chesapeake Energy rose 2.2 percent.

The Dow rose 21 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,089 on Wednesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1 point to 2,299. The Nasdaq composite rose 12 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,668.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, in her Twitter postings Wednesday evening, that a combined 30 Dow Jones industrial average companies employ 50,738 Oklahomans at 440 establishments, with an annual combined payroll of $1.8 billion.


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