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Stocks finished higher Thursday. The Dow added 147 points to 26145, while the S&P 500 gained 15 points to 2904. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 59 points to 8013.
The major averages advanced as strength in the Technology and Healthcare sectors provided a tailwind to the market. In geopolitics, investors reacted positively to news that the U.S. and China have agreed to resume trade discussions in the near future. On the data front, an update on inflation showed consumer prices, excluding food and energy, advanced 2.2% year-over-year in August, below the prior reading and consensus forecasts of a 2.4% gain. Separately, initial jobless claims came in at 204,000 for the most recent week. A flurry of central bank news also garnered investor attention as The Bank of England (BOE) and European Central Bank (ECB) both left rates unchanged at the conclusion of their policy meetings.
Nine of 11 S&P 500 sectors finished higher led by Healthcare. The group paced gains, climbing more than 1.1%, as several companies were the subject of analyst upgrades. Technology rebounded from recent weakness as shares of Apple added 2.4% to $226.50. Shares of Qualcomm advanced 4.0% to $74.59 after the chipmaker announced a $16 billion share buyback.
Breadth was positive on issues by 4:3 on the NYSE and by 8:7 on the Nasdaq. Composite NYSE Volume was more than 3.2 billion shares.
Treasuries were little changed, as the yield on the 10-year climbed one basis point to 2.97%. In commodities, WTI crude fell 2.3% to $68.78/barrel. COMEX gold lost 0.4% to $1201.20/ounce despite a weaker dollar.