The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell slightly on Thursday following the release of weaker-than-expected jobless assertions details at a moment when lawmakers struggle to thrust through new fiscal stimulus before year-end.
The Dow 30-stock Dow traded lower 42 points, or perhaps 0.1 %. The S&P 500, meanwhile, eked out a little gain, thus the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.5 %. Verizon and American Express were the worst performing Dow stocks, falling much more than one % each.
First weekly jobless claims jumped to 853,000 last week, topping a Dow Jones approximation of 730,000. Which signifies the highest number of initial statements being filed since September and also the first time since October which they topped 800,000.
“Given the latest behavior of initial statements, we’ll probably see even more increases in continuing claims moving forward,” had written Thomas Simons, cash market economist at giving Jefferies. “Evidence were building indicating that claims arrive at an inflection point in first November because of to climbing COVID case numbers and forced the imposition of social distancing policies that actually hurt the service segment of the economy.”
Chart showing initial jobless claims for the week ending December five, 2020.
Thursday’s report stoked fears regarding economic recovery moving ahead as Congress tries to put together a fresh stimulus package.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed he wants Congress to pass a coronavirus alleviation costs with neither authorized immunity for businesses neither local government relief as well as state. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said McConnell’s proposition to move stimulus talks forward without state and local government aid is not in good faith.
The House of Representatives passed a government funding extension Wednesday which would maintain the federal government running through Dec. 18 & buy time for more negotiations for a bigger help bill.
Expectations of a good economic recovery and enthusiasm over the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine rollout within the U.K. not too long ago pushed the major averages to capture highs.
But, Commerce Street Capital CEO Dory Wiley believes caution is warranted for stock investors, noting that 90 % of stocks on the NYSE trading previously mentioned the 200-day moving average of theirs as a sign that valuations could be stretched.
“Timing the market is not constantly well-advised as well as paring back can miss out on some gains the next 2 weeks, but after such good returns in clearly an awful fundamentals year, I guess taking some profits and moving to money, not bonds, tends to make some feeling here,” Wiley said.