US Shares and Markets at 52-Week High

After yesterday’s positive 53-point rally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) sits at 14,023, just 128 points below its record high from 2007. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both also closed higher, gaining 0.73% and 0.68%, respectively. The S&P sits at 1,530, just 35 points below its all-time high of 1,565, which it also set in 2007. While the major indexes move closer to their record levels, a few Dow shares broke their own 52-week highs.

Dow stocks that moved higher
Shares of General Electric (NYSE: GE) broke their previous 52-week high after the company announced that it will invest at least $300 million in Indonesia. The money will be spent building partnerships with local organisations, health care, and deep-sea drilling. Indonesia is a blossoming emerging market with more than 230 million people, and General Electric sees this as an opportunity to expand its customer base. General Electric’s stock now trades for $23.75, after rising 1.98%. The company’s previous 52-week high was $23.55.

Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) rose by 1.33% and sits at $12.19, just a few pennies below its 52-week high of $12.42. One reason the stock probably rose was that court documents were recently released indicating that the Federal Reserve was backing the bank in a lawsuit. Insurance company AIG is looking for $7 billion in damages from Bank of America related to mortgage-backed securities that the bank sold AIG. The biggest concerns most investors have with Bank of America are the possible future liabilities the company may face relating to the financial crisis.

Lastly, Cisco‘s (NASDAQ: CSCO) previous 52-week high was $21.34, but shares rose by 2.24% to $21.46 surpassing the previously set mark. Cisco’s trading volume was 21% higher than usual after the company’s CEO said he has stopped looking for acquisition candidates within the U.S. because of the tax bill Cisco would be forced to pay if it brought money back into the country. Currently 80% of Cisco’s $46 billion in cash sits in banks outside the U.S., and if that money were brought home, the IRS would take roughly 35% of it. While Cisco could still make a bad acquisition because it has tons of cash on the balance sheet, at least shareholders now know they won’t have to pay a high tax bill in addition.

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