New York, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 15th Oct, 2021 ) :Wall Street stocks shrugged off weeks of lackluster trading and forged higher Thursday following strong earnings and better-than-expected economic data.
Other catalysts included a big drop in US unemployment claims that left the weekly benchmark below 300,000 last week for the first time since the pandemic began.
“It’s a bit of a sigh of a relief rally,” said Art Hogan, chief strategist at National Securities. “Earnings are here and so far they’re not disruptive.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 1.6 percent to 34,912.56, advancing more than 530 points.
The broad-based S&P 500 gained 1.
7 percent to 4,438.26, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index also climbed 1.7 precent to 14,823.43.
Markets also took stock of the latest reading on wholesale prices from the Labor Department. The producer price index climbed 8.6 percent last month compared to September 2020, their biggest gain in a decade but slower than the month prior.
“We’ve been grinding lower since September, so the table was set for some good news.”Among individual companies reporting results, Walgreens Boots Alliance surged 7.4 percent and UnitedHealth won 4.2 percent.
Large banks mostly rose after strong earnings results, although Wells Fargo fell 1.6 percent even as its results topped estimates.