The London-headquartered bank earlier announced the exit of CEO John Flint but gave no reason for the decision. It revealed it would axe two percent of its global workforce, or roughly 4,000 mostly management jobs.
Stocks have changed direction again and again this week as investors tried to get a sense of whether a trade dispute between the two nations will escalate.
The Dow achieved the milestone as solid earnings and optimism over US President Donald Trump's pro-growth initiatives revitalised a post-election rally.
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