The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 196.74 points, or 0.5%, while the S&P 500 rose 0.6% to a record close and the Nasdaq Composite jumped 0.8%. Stocks are up more than 1.6% for the week.
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The bond market had a shortened trading session, closing at 2 p.m. ET.
Oil climbed 1.4% during Thursday’s trading session, trading at the $73 per barrel level. Earlier in the day, ExxonMobil battled a refinery fire in its Baytown Texas plant.
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In economic data: Durable Goods, sales of big-ticket items, rebounded by 2.5% after rising just 0.1% in the prior month. The data backs up the latest Consumer Confidence Index which showed an uptick in spending plans over the next six months.
Personal income and spending also rose with spending up 0.6% and income up 0.4%.
On inflation, core personal consumption expenditures, which remove volatile food and energy prices, are also anticipated to jump 0.5% month-over-month in November. The year-over-year change in core PCE, which is the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, rose 4.7%, the highest reading in almost 33 years.
Jobless claims held steady at 205,000, little changed from the previous week’s total of 206,000. Continuing claims, which track the total number of unemployed workers collecting benefits, hit 1.859 million, still hovering near a pandemic low.
In stocks, Merck received approval from the Food and Drug Administration on its COVID-19 pill after Pfizer’s was cleared Wednesday. Additionally, Novavax fell over 3% despite news that its COVID regimen “demonstrated cross-reactive immune responses against Omicron.”
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Electric vehicle maker shares were also in focus on Thursday, with truck maker Nikola surging more than 17% following its first customer order delivery and shares of Tesla moving 5% higher as CEO Elon Musk continues to exercise his stock options.
Investors continue to eye Apple. Hitting its $3 trillion market cap milestone appears likely to be pushed to 2022. Microsoft is the only other company that is a close second to this status.
There will be no trading in equities or U.S. Treasuries on Christmas Eve on Friday. Many world markets will be closed Friday in observance of Christmas.
Ken Martin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.