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U.S. stocks were mostly higher but the major indexes mixed Thursday following a lower than expected unemployment claims figure ahead of Friday’s Labor Department jobs report.
The latest “Beige Book” report on economic conditions in the 12 Federal Reserve districts showed “modest to moderate” growth in economic activity from January to early February, with bad weather a factor in many districts.
The fourth time proved to be the charm for the S&P 500 on Thursday as the index closed at a new record high after three failed attempts earlier this week.
The Dow Jones Industrials and S&P 500 drifted lower Friday and for the week, on questions of monetary policy and a spate of weaker economic news – possibly on account of the weather.
The major U.S. stock averages had their third 1%-plus gain in the past four sessions as Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy testimony before Congress as the new Federal Reserve chair, pledged continuation of the Fed’s recent policies, including … Continue reading
Stocks traded in a relatively narrow range Monday, a day with little economic news to digest and one day ahead of Janet Yellen’s first testimony to Congress as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
They didn’t come close to erasing Monday’s 2%-plus losses, but Tuesday’s gains in U.S. stocks were at least a welcome psychological boost.
As was widely expected, the Federal Reserve elected to continue tapering its quantitative easing bond purchase program, but the decision had relatively little impact on stock prices, which resumed their decline on Wednesday.
U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Tuesday, although the major averages ended mixed.
Propelled by a bevy of positive economic reports and company news, global stocks surged higher on Wednesday.