Trump says that the Dow Jones Industrial Average should be 5,000 to 10,000 points higher

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April 15, 2019 4:10pm INDEXDJX:.DJI NYSE:DIA

From Shawn Langlois: The value of the U.S. stock market has risen by $9.1 trillion, or 35.6%, since Election Day in 2016, according to Wilshire Associates.

For President Donald Trump, that’s not nearly enough.

Lately, he’s been blasting the Federal Reserve for raising rates, and he’s steadily urged the central banks to revert to the policies that supported the market during the last crisis, including the resumption of the Fed’s bond-buying program.

“I would say in terms of quantitative tightening, it should actually now be quantitative easing,” he said last week. “You would see a rocket ship.”

On Sunday, he put numbers to that potential “rocket ship” rally:

‘If the Fed had done its job properly, which it has not, the Stock Market would have been up 5000 to 10,000 additional points, and GDP would have been well over 4% instead of 3%… with almost no inflation. Quantitative tightening was a killer, should have done the exact opposite!’

Trump’s tweet comes amid opposition from the Senate over his two picks, Herman Cain and Stephen Moore, for open seats on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. Cain, according to a report from ABC News on Friday, plans to remove his name from consideration.

The Dow Jones Industrial DJIA, -0.14% riding strong bank earnings, closed up almost 270 points to 26,412.30 on Friday — another 10,000 points would put the index well above the 36,000 level. The Dow’s all-time high is 26,951.81.

On Monday, blue chips were trading down 66 points to 26,346.

The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) was trading at $263.68 per share on Monday afternoon, down $0.39 (-0.15%). Year-to-date, DIA has gained 7.48%, versus a 9.04% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

DIA currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #4 of 82 ETFs in the Large Cap Value ETFs category.

This article is brought to you courtesy of MarketWatch.

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