Financial Sector Leads Gains, Helping U.S. Markets Bull Run Extend Winning Streak
U.S. shares jumped higher on Thursday to reach fresh record highs with the S&P 500 Index extended its upward rally to the longest streak since July 2013. U.S. stock markets’ bullish run were propelled by optimism over U.S. tax reforms and data pointing to solid U.S. growth.
The S&P 500 Index soared roughly 0.44 percent to trade at 2,548.89 with only two out of eleven major sectors trading in positive territory. Financials led gains with a jump of 0.9 percent after Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker on Thursday suggested one more rate hike this year and three next year. Upbeat data backed up the expectations of the Federal Reserve raising rates at the December meeting with initial jobless claims fell more than expected.
Upbeat U.S. data also support market participants’ sentiment. According to the reported published by the U.S. Department of Labor, unemployment claims dropped to 260,000 last week from a reading of 272,000 recorded in the preceding week. Additional reports from the Bureau of Economic Analysis showed U.S. trade deficit narrowed to 42.4B in August from 43.7B in July.
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