Stock Market Today: Jobless Claims Drop, Energy Stocks Pop

Pandemic-low unemployment claims Thursday lit a fire under energy stocks and helped the S&P 500 and Nasdaq squeeze out new highs.

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The major indexes made a tidy little jump out of the gate Thursday in response to fresh, encouraging data on the employment front a day after a weak August ADP payrolls reading ruffled some feathers.

The Labor Department reported that jobless-benefits claims for the week ended Aug. 28 dipped to 340,000 – the lowest tally since March 2020, and 5,000 claims fewer than what economists expected – brighter news than yesterday's weak payroll report from payroll firm ADP.

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Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

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