Next stop for Dow is 17,024, Art Cashin says

The Dow came within reach of 17,000 Tuesday, hitting a new record high, and veteran trader Art Cashin thinks it will continue to power higher, eventually surpassing the psychologically important mark.

"In the Dow, the resistance would be above that [17,000]. It would be more like Dow 17,024 to 17,030, somewhere in there. And even that is not that heavy," he said in an interview with CNBC's "Street Signs."

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Art Cashin

Cashin attributed the surge to new money for the new month, new half and new quarter, with a little help from China's official purchasing manager's index (PMI) for June.

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"It's really new money for the new month. You've got some underfunded pensions and others trying to play catch-up, they've been behind the market," he said. "That's why the market today is so broad; it's kind of an across-the-board selection."

When the Dow hits 17,000, it may get the retail investor more excited about getting into the market—which wouldn't be a bad thing, as long as it is not overdone.

"They haven't been in. You'd like to invite them in a little bit. We'd like to broaden this out. We talk about income inequality; the best way to get [equality] is to get everybody at least aboard the same boat," Cashin said.

—By CNBC's Michelle Fox