- US stocks stumbled on Thursday as investors digest new virus restrictions and jobless claims data.
- The UK has imposed a new mask-wearing policy indoors as it expects a big surge in cases.
- Weekly jobless claims fell to 184,000 last week, hitting its lowest level in decades.
US stocks fell on Thursday after a 3-day rally erased last week’s losses as investors digest new virus restrictions out of the UK and jobless claims data.
Seeking to prevent a surge in daily COVID-19 cases amid the spread of the Omicron variant, the UK is imposing new mask wearing restrictions in certain indoor settings, and is asking employees to work from home when possible.
Early studies suggest that the Omicron variant is much more transmissible than the Delta variant, and that three doses of Pfizer’s vaccine provide protection from the disease.
Weekly jobless claims were below economist estimates on Thursday, with 184,000 claims representing the lowest level since 1969. Continuing claims rose to 1.99 million for the week that ended November 27, missing estimates.
Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET open on Thursday:
- S&P 500: 4,691.24, down 0.21%
- Dow Jones Industrial Average: 35,625.41, down 0.36% (129.34 points)
- Nasdaq Composite: 15,776.28, down 0.07%
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Gold fell as much as 0.46% to $1,777.30 per ounce.