The Dow Jones industrial average rose to its sixth straight record Wednesday as a worrisome profit report from Hewlett-Packard failed to dampen the more positive outlook of recent weeks.

The Dow climbed 52.56 to 8,451.06, continuing a trend of small-to-modest gains that's added just 155 points to the blue-chip barometer in five sessions. Even so, the Dow is now up nearly 7 percent for the new year despite a 4 percent plunge during the first six trading days of 1998.