Investors have been riding this wave to fresh records, but history has shown us that the party could be ending.
The blue chips fall 76 points after 20 straight Tuesday gains. Interest-rate worries bother investors. The Tuesday streak generated 75% of the Dow's gain from early January.
Stocks ended May with gains, but rising interest rates and worries about Japan and the economy may make the month ahead a lot more volatile.
Stocks looked headed toward an ugly day, until the head of the Boston Fed suggested higher interest rates are not yet necessary.
The tranquility has been broken as turmoil in the bond market and another batch of weak economic reports rattle complacent investors.
Stocks shoot up at Tuesday's open, but bond yields move higher and trim gains substantially.
Try as the bears might, they couldn't break US stocks. But investors still face frothy prices and considerable headwinds.
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