What happened to the "news" story that was Dow 13,000? Over the last few weeks as US stock markets rose and the Dow Jones Industrial Average flirted with 13,000 stories filled the financial media. Their content was a typically breathless "will it or won't it" close above that magical mark. Experts opined on the "psychological importance" of this and other market measures.

And then what? US financial markets have been up for 7 straight trading days, the Dow is solidly over 13,000 (13,200 as I write this) and it's not a topic anymore. Why not? My view: it was never a legitimate topic in the first place.

I started in the investment business when the Dow was at 1,000 and can remember when some people predicted that the Dow would reach 5,000, or 7,000, or even 10,000 - some day. I also remember the "experts" who denounced those predictions as crazy, impossible fantasies. Marks don't move based on the level of some arbitrary index. Markets move, in the long run, based on dollars and cents: sales, earnings, dividends. The rest is noise. I'm bullish on the US economy, and I'm bullish on our stock market. Ignore the noise; enjoy the ride.

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