Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 16, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City.
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Dow Jones Industrial Average rises 46 points
Jobless claims back above 1 million
U.S. weekly jobless claims totaled 1.106 million last week, the Labor Department reported. Economists polled by Dow Jones had expected 923,000 first-time applicants during the week ended Aug. 15. In the week prior, the tally had dropped below 1 million for the first time since mid-March. The jump in unemployment claims came as lawmakers struggled to move forward on a new coronavirus stimulus bill. Recently, an additional unemployment benefit for those impacted by the pandemic expired.
Tech leads market
Shares of Facebook rose 2.4% and Apple advanced 2.2% as Big Tech was the best-performing group in the market on Thursday. Amazon climbed 1% and Microsoft closed 2.3% higher.
What happens next?
Existing home sales data are set for release Friday.
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