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U.S. stocks on Thursday were on track to snap recent losses, with the S&P 500 looking to halt a five-day slide. Sentiment was initially helped by jobless claims data that hinted at some signs of cooling in the labor market, and the risk-on mood continued throughout the session.
With less than an hour of trading left, the S&P (SP500) was up 0.56% to 3,956.01 points, after having risen more than 1% earlier. The blue-chip Dow (DJI) added 0.30% to 33,699.36 points.
The Nasdaq Composite (COMP.IND) outperformed the other two indices, advancing 0.99% to 11,066.98 points, as megacap technology stocks rebounded. Gains in semiconductor stocks also helped.
Of the 11 S&P sectors, nine were trading in the green, led by Technology and Consumer Discretionary. Communication Services and Energy were the two losers.
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