Wall Street boldly going where no markets have gone before

The unofficial barometer of the U.S. economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index, was fast approaching the 27,000 milestone when it closed at an all-time high of 26,743.50 this past Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is also venturing into record territory, closing at 2,929.67 on the same day, a few points shy of the 3,000 landmark.