Stocks Rise as Global Stimulus Outweighs Unemployment Concerns
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks rose Thursday as signs of a fragile labor market were overshadowed by Japan's bold moves to stimulate its sluggish economy and signals that European policymakers may take similar steps.
The S&P 500 gained 0.4% to 1,559.98 by the close of trading led by Best Buy
Best Buy surged 16.1% to $25.13, the most in almost three months, as the electronics retailer and Samsung announced that kiosks, or "experience shops," featuring Samsung mobile products, would be installed in more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S. beginning this month.
"This proves the Best Buy model continues to be highly relevant to consumer electronic manufacturers," said Anthony Chukumba, a senior research analyst at BB&T Capital Markets, in a phone interview.
Chukumba said the Samsung-Best Buy partnership may lead to better-trained Best Buy employees while attracting some of Samsung's own employees to Best Buy locations.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.38% to 14,606.11 while the Nasdaq was climbing 0.2% to 3,224.98. Apple
The number of U.S. residents filing for unemployment benefits rose 28,000 to a four-month high of 385,000 in the week ended Mar. 30, the Labor Department said. Economists were expecting the number of filings to fall to 350,000. The number of people continuing to collect jobless benefits fell by 8,000 in the week ended Mar. 23.
Outplacement firm Challenger, Grey & Christmas said planned corporate job cuts fell 11% in March while quarterly job cuts reached their highest level since 2011 led by retailers in March.
The DAX in Germany touched negative territory after the U.S. jobless claims report but was rebounding. The European Central Bank chose to keep its benchmark interest rates unchanged at record lows, and ECB President Mario Draghi said policy will stay accommodative for as long as needed.
The Nikkei 225 in Japan finished ahead by 2.2% after the Bank of Japan announced aggressive monetary easing, increasing its Japanese government bond purchases to about 7 trillion yen each month from the current pace of approximately 4 trillion yen a month.
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