September 17, 2021

The major U.S. equity indexes rose Thursday and the S&P 500 set a new record closing high as energy and travel stocks bounced back ahead of a key labour market report.

The Dow Jones Industrials sprinted 271.58 points to 35,064.25.

The S&P 500 regained 26.44 points to 4,429.10, a new all-time record close.

The NASDAQ gained 114.58 points to 14,895.12.

Travel stocks, including airlines, bounced on Thursday after struggling over the past week amid the spread of the delta variant of COVID 19. American Airlines rose more than 7{e5fab30bc1af2ab9862fe5c16f5be581fd243b6ad78468b48e940aadfb2b849d}, while casino stock Caesars Entertainment jumped more than 6{e5fab30bc1af2ab9862fe5c16f5be581fd243b6ad78468b48e940aadfb2b849d}.

However, earnings season has been strong overall. Goldman Sachs raised its year-end target for the S&P 500 to 4,700, representing 7{e5fab30bc1af2ab9862fe5c16f5be581fd243b6ad78468b48e940aadfb2b849d} upside, in part due to an improving earnings outlook.

Shares of Roku dropped more than 4{e5fab30bc1af2ab9862fe5c16f5be581fd243b6ad78468b48e940aadfb2b849d} after the company issued quarterly results. Etsy fell 9{e5fab30bc1af2ab9862fe5c16f5be581fd243b6ad78468b48e940aadfb2b849d} after the company gave guidance for the current quarter that indicated the pandemic-fueled commerce boom may be coming to an end.

However, earnings season has been strong overall. Goldman Sachs raised its year-end target for the S&P 500 to 4,700, representing 7{e5fab30bc1af2ab9862fe5c16f5be581fd243b6ad78468b48e940aadfb2b849d} upside, in part due to an improving earnings outlook.

During regular trading Wednesday, shares of Robinhood surged 50{e5fab30bc1af2ab9862fe5c16f5be581fd243b6ad78468b48e940aadfb2b849d}, continuing a volatile jump after last week’s soft initial public offering. However, the stock reversed course on Thursday and fell more than 27{e5fab30bc1af2ab9862fe5c16f5be581fd243b6ad78468b48e940aadfb2b849d} following the announcement that some stockholders will sell more than 97 million shares.

Weekly initial jobless claims came in at 385,000 on Thursday, in-line with expectations. Recent earnings and economic data have been strong overall, but some economists worry economic growth and employment gains will taper from here.

The jobless claims data was the last reading before the key July jobs report, which will be released on Friday morning. There is a wide range of estimates from economists about what the report will show, and some metrics for employment gains have disappointed despite a high level of reported job openings.

Prices for 10-Year Treasurys dipped, raising yields to 1.22{e5fab30bc1af2ab9862fe5c16f5be581fd243b6ad78468b48e940aadfb2b849d} from Wednesday’s 1.18{e5fab30bc1af2ab9862fe5c16f5be581fd243b6ad78468b48e940aadfb2b849d}. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices $1.05 to $69.20 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices slid eight dollars to $1,807.10 U.S. an ounce.

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