US market close: Shares stay green ahead of holiday break
By Joseph Toppe
21:33, 23 December 2021
Trading was light on Wall Street Thursday as the US indexes closed the day with their third winning session in a row.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average went up 196 points, or 0.55%. The S&P 500 jumped 0.6% to finish at a record, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.85%.
Halfway through the session today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was around 212 points higher, or 0.6%, the S&P 500 was up about 0.7%, and was just 0.4% from its record high, while the Nasdaq Composite was also up nearly 0.7% in early trading.
Winners and losers: Vaccine shares vary
As Omicron concerns are alleviated by US federal planning and vaccine upgrades, shares of Pfizer are 1.41% down, shares of Johnson & Johnson are 0.19 higher, while shares of Moderna are still in the red, falling to 0.55% in decline.
In other parts of the travel industry, shares of Southwest Airlines settled with a 1.86% jump on Thursday and United Airlines added 0.67%.
Meanwhile, Amazon is slightly higher at 0.018% after the company announced it had settled with the National Labor Relations Board and will allow its employees to unionise.
In other tech stocks, shares of Meta Platforms are trading 1.45% up.
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Oil: Crude stays up for third win
Oil futures recorded their third winning day in a row to match the major US benchmarks on Thursday.
West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery went up $1.03, or 1.4%, to close at $73.79 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while February Brent crude, the global benchmark, spiked $1.56, or 2.1%, to finish at $76.85 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe.
Gold: Yellow metal hits five-week high
Gold futures went up on Thursday as February delivery traded up $9.50, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,811.70 an ounce, marking the highest settlement since 19 November.
Forex: Dollar outperforms yen, lags euro and Swiss franc
On Wednesday, one US dollar equals 0.75 of the Pound sterling, and 0.88 of the euro, losing a small step from its 0.89 position yesterday. The dollar is 0.92 of the Swiss franc.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note improved to 1.492% Thursday from 1.457% Wednesday.
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