As the Dow surges through 18,000 and the latest economic data shows the economy growing at its fastest rate in more than a decade, we look ahead to what the economy and markets may have in store for us in 2015.
The Dow closed above 18,000 for the first time on Tuesday. The lift gave the S&P 500 its second record-high close in two days, according to The New York Times. The NASDAQ, however, closed modestly due to recent shifts in biotech trading.
Industry analysts cited a number of factors for the strong finish to 2014, including falling gas prices, stronger job security, and increased consumer confidence. According to a Thompson Reuters/University of Michigan study, United States consumer sentiment in December jumped to its highest level in nearly eight years.
View a graphic of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the past 30 days.
View a graphic of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ for the past year.