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This Day In Market History: S&P 500 Hits 1,500 For The First Time

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Each day, Benzinga takes a look back at a notable market-related moment that occurred on this date.

What Happened?

On this day 18 years ago, the S&P 500 closed above 1,500 for the first time.

Where The Market Was

The Dow finished the day at 10,866.70. The S&P 500 finished at 1,500.64. Today, the Dow is trading at 24,682.3 and the S&P 500 is trading at 2,711.9.

What Else Was Going On In The World?

In 2000, the Supreme Court ruled in Bush v. Gore to end a vote recount, awarding the presidency to George W. Bush. Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE: SNE) launched the Playstation 2 console in Japan. A gallon of gas cost $1.26.

Last Market Milestone Of The Dot-Com Bubble

It took the S&P 500 just three months to make it from 1,200 to 1,300 for the first time in March 1999 and another four months to top 1,400.

Nine months later, the S&P 500 topped 1,500 for the first time in March 2000. After peaking at 1,553.11 in March 2000, the S&P 500 began its dot-com sell-off, which would require several years of recovery. The index ultimately bottomed at 768.63, shedding roughly half its value over a three-year period.

The S&P 500 appeared poised to top 1,600 again in 2007, reaching as high as 1,576.09 before the financial crisis sent it tumbling back to a 2009 low of 666.76. After plowing through 1,200, 1,300, 1,400 and 1,500 in a little over a year’s time, it took the S&P 500 roughly 13 years to reach 1,600 in 2013.

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