Dow tops 17,000 for first time after government says hiring picked up speed last month

  • by: KEN SWEET , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 3, 2014 - 5:30 PM

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average topped 17,000 for the first time Thursday, another in a string of records for the index that has lifted portfolios in a five-year bull market for stocks.

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