US stock rally lifts Dow to first close above 26,000 points

Specialist Michael Pistillo wears a "Dow 26,000" hat as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street, sending the DJIA to its first close above 26,000 points. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A broad rally on Wall Street propelled the Dow Jones industrial average to close above 26,000 points for the first time Wednesday.