Most stocks gave back some of their strong weekly gains during Thursday's session as investors mulled over more grim unemployment data and U.S.-China tensions left over from Wednesday. The U.S. Labor Department's jobless claims report published on Thursday added another 2.4 million people who filed for unemployment benefits last week. That brings the jobless total since the start of coronavirus related shutdowns to above 38 million. In addition, the number of citizens continuing unemployment claims totaled to 25.07 million, the department's highest record. Many analysts are fearing that May's jobless report will be worse than previously thought despite easing of public restrictions. As of this week, every state in the nation has entered some form of easing on previous coronavirus shutdowns.
Here's how the market settled on Thursday:
S&P 500 Index
Dow Jones Industrial Average
Nasdaq Composite Index
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In Stock Sector News, every sector expect Industrials, which increased +0.17%, fell during Thursday's session. The performance losses were as follows: Energy -1.48%, Information Technology -1.40%, Consumer Staples -1.04%, Utilities -1.01%, Materials -0.99%, Health Care -0.81%, Real Estate -0.54%, Communication Services -0.45%, Financials -0.35% and Consumer Discretionary -0.16%.
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As the market moves into Friday, investors will focus on developing U.S.-China tensions as well as state reopening news.