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The Dow’s Top Stocks on a Record-Setting Day

US – Thanks to a few top stocks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) managed to once again set a new all-time closing high at 14,865. Today, the index rose 62 points, or 0.42%, after investors received a better-than-expected jobless claims report, despite a few technology stocks plummeting. The Labor Department reported that initial jobless claims for last week fell by 42,000, to 346,000. Economists were only expecting a decline of 23,000 from the 388,000 claims which were reported two weeks ago.

With the jobless numbers moving in a positive direction, the markets, as a whole, ended the session on a high note. While the Dow was the top index, the S&P 500 managed to rise 0.36%, as the Nasdaq lagged behind, only gaining 0.09%.

The Nasdaq was likely pulled lower by the IDC report, which indicated that PC sales declined 14% during the first quarter of 2013. This report pulled a number of technology stocks lower, but shares of Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) slipped away from the downward pressure, and managed to become one of the index’s top stocks. Shares of the networking giant rose 1% during today’s trading session after climbing 2.4% yesterday, and 2% on Tuesday. Today’s move came on very little news, but Cisco certainly is gaining momentum. The company also recently announced a joint project with Microsoft, in which the two will work together to provide data center customers with more functionality and lower complexity. In addition, the two will work together to improve and grow data center operations.

Another top stock today was Chevron (NYSE: CVX) , which saw its shares rise 1.09%. One likely catalyst for the rise was the recent Morgan Stanley report that claimed Chevron would outperform its fellow Dow component and competitor ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) by 55% over the next few years. Morgan Stanley believes Chevron could experience higher production growth and realize better returns in the coming years. The firm also raised Chevron’s price target to $135 per share, while reducing Exxon’s to $85 per share.

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