Dow stocks hitting 52 week highs include Disney (DIS) and Nike (NKE). There are no Dow stock 52 week lows.
Premarket today, the Dow was indicated to open up +21 points.
Thursday the Dow was up 85.73 (+0.29%) at 29,969.52.
Year-to-date the Dow is up +5.01%.
There were 17 Dow stocks up Thursday.
The Dow stock winners Thursday were led by Walgreens (WBA) 42.82 (+7.48%), Boeing (BA) 237.20 (+5.96%) and Intel (INTC) 50.99 (+2.18%).
The Dow stock losers Thursday were led by Home Depot (HD) 268.14 (-1.09%), Visa (V) 208.05 (-1.01%) and Goldman Sachs (GS) 235.47 (-0.92%).
Todays Jobs Report said the U.S. economy added 245,000 jobs in November, as the unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent from 6.9%. Economists had predicted the economy would gain around 440,000 jobs.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have resumed Covid-19 stimulus negotiations in an attempt to break a months long logjam (like 8 months). McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday he sees â€œhopeful signsâ€ for reaching a relief agreement before the end of the year. Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday backed a bipartisan $908 billion stimulus package, while McConnell released his own roughly $500 billion plan. President-elect Joe Biden endorsed the bipartisan bill, calling it â€œa good startâ€.
Shares of Pfizer (PFE) were under pressure again Friday, one day after The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. drug maker expects to ship half of the Covid-19 vaccine it had planned for 2020 due to some early batches of raw materials failing to meet its standards.
The U.S. on Thursday logged a second record day of coronavirus deaths over 2,800 and the worst single day of new cases of 217,664. The 179,473 seven-day average of new daily cases was also a record. As of Thursday, 100,667 people were hospitalized with Covid-19, the highest of the pandemic.
European stocks are mostly higher and Asian markets ended mostly higher.
The national average price of gasoline is unchanged at $2.164 per gallon.
There are no Dow stocks set to report earnings in the near term.
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Merck (MRK) 81.45 (-0.46%) is down -10.45% year-to-date. Merck (MRK) YTD low was 65.25 on 3/23/2020. Merck has provided a +24.83% gain off the YTD low.
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