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Dow adds to records on Boeing dividend boost

Dow adds to records on Boeing dividend boost

NEW YORK: The Dow rose from record peaks early Tuesday, lifted by a Boeing dividend boost and as investors prepared for a likely Federal Reserve interest rate increase.

Aerospace giant Boeing surged 3.2 percent after announcing it would increase its dividend by 20 percent and undertake a new $18 billion share repurchase program.

Analysts expect shareholders to benefit from similar moves once the tax bill moving through Congress becomes law, even as President Donald Trump has touted the corporate tax cuts as a way to boost economic growth and job creation.

“If the tax cuts are approved and signed into law, those reductions should help boost earnings and cash flow, which are the fuel for dividend payments and share repurchases,” Briefing.com analyst Patrick O’Hare said.

About 15 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood 24,492.20, up 0.4 percent.

The broad-based S&P 500 added 0.1 percent to 2,661.50, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index lost 0.1 percent to 6,870.49.

The Dow and S&P 500 finished at records on Monday.

Analysts also are watching the two-day Fed meeting that kicks off Tuesday. The Fed is expected to announce an increase in the benchmark rate on Wednesday, and outline the prospects for additional increases in 2018.

Toymaker Mattel slumped 3.6 percent as it warned that annual sales could fall nine percent.

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017

Source: Brecorder.com

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