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U.S. stocks got off to a weak start on Thursday following another negative report on the Chinese economy and a disappointing earnings report from Walmart but moved higher the rest of the day to close solidly in the green.
An unexpected contraction in China’s manufacturing sector set off a global drop in stocks Thursday and a flight to high-grade bonds and currencies.
After trading in negative territory for most of the morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out an 11-point or 0.1% rise Thursday to stretch its record run to 16179.
Stock prices rose on Wednesday, led once again by tech stocks.
The main U.S. stock market indexes were widely mixed on Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s report on third quarter GDP.
U.S. stocks and bonds took a bit of a breather on Thursday following Wednesday’s big rally sparked by the Federal Reserve’s unexpected announcement that it has no immediate plans to start tapering its big bond purchasing program.
Despite a computer glitch that halted trading on NASDAQ-listed stocks for more than three hours Thursday afternoon, U.S. stocks were higher thanks to a stream of positive economic reports from the U.S., Europe and China.
The Dow and the S&P 500 hit new record highs on Thursday, boosted by some good corporate earnings reports – at least before the close – and continued bullish feelings following Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s Congressional testimony.
Stocks, bonds and commodities – virtually all asset classes sold off for a second day after the Federal Reserve signaled that its quantitative easing program may be coming to an end.
For most of this past week, economic data releases were disappointing, corporate earnings beat reduced guidance, bond yields trended higher, and stock prices continued to race higher.