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S&P 500 Index Trades Above 5,000 Level For First Time

The S&P 500 in the U.S. has traded above 5,000 for the first time ever, marking a new all-time high for the benchmark stock market index.

The S&P 500 hit an intraday high of 5,000.40 in the last minute of trading on Feb. 8 before closing just shy of the high-water mark at 4,997.91.

However, the latest close marked the S&P 500’s ninth record finish so far in 2024 as U.S. equities continue to rally.

While the 5,000 level has no technical significance, it can serve as a psychological threshold for investors and market observers. Analysts say clearing big hurdles can add to positive market sentiment.

Rising above a 1,000-point milestone is a big feat for the S&P 500 index, which was launched in 1957.

Moving from the 38,000-point level to 39,000 points for the Dow Jones Industrial Average requires a gain of 2.6%. However, an increase from 4,000 to 5,000 for the S&P 500 represents a 25% gain.

It has been more than two-and-a-half years since the S&P 500 cleared the 4,000 level on April 1, 2021.

A milestone for the S&P 500 is also significant as the index is widely considered the main benchmark for U.S. stocks and represents the largest swath of equities in America.

Year-to-date, the S&P 500 has increased 5%.