The Dow's record high is a big deal if you own stocks. Half of Americans don't own any.

The Dow tops 22,000 for the first time
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Wall Street rejoiced early Wednesday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average — a benchmark index of 30 U.S. companies — rose above 22,000 for the first time, then celebrated again when it closed above 22,000.

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