Dow Jones hits 26,000 milestone as earnings optimism feeds rally

THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE has passed 26,000. / BLOOMBERG
THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE has passed 26,000 for the first time. / BLOOMBERG
NEW YORK - The Dow Jones Industrial Average plowed past 26,000 as optimism over corporate earnings turbocharged the equity bull market. Gains in companies from Boeing Co. to Caterpillar Inc. lifted the index for American blue chips past the round-number milestone just 12 calendar days since it topped 25,000. The run between 1,000-point milestones was the…

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