STATE OF BUSINESS: The Bull & the Boom

Wall Street's golden bull added still more muscle last week. Shrugging off a nip at margin accounts by the Federal Reserve (see below), the U.S. investor drove the market to still another historic high. Led by some of the nation's biggest corporations, stocks on the Dow-Jones industrial average rose to 637.04 at midweek. By the final gong at week's end, profit taking had clipped only 2.51 points from the mark to put the weekly gain at 13.17 points.

The professional traders had just about run out of things to say about the market. Wall Street's brokers and analysts have chewed...

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