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Dow hits a record — what now?

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Associated Press/Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006 Specialists and traders work the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange in 2006, just before the closing bell, as the Dow Jones industrial average surges past its all-time trading high of 11,750.28, taking yet another step in its recovery from seven years of market turmoil.

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It's impossible to predict how the Dow, that popular barometer of the stock market, will zig and zag from here. The only thing certain about the market is that there will be more peaks and valleys ahead, and that's about as specific as a fortune cookie. But we can look at the previous times the Dow burst through a record, and measure how long it kept rising and why it eventually stopped -- ending the bull market. And what does history show?
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