Stocks Break Losing Streak on Positive Jobs Data
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Major U.S. stock markets rebounded Thursday after a five-day losing streak for the S&P 500 , its longest losing streak since December, as the latest jobless claims numbers provided a constructive read on the labor market ahead of next week's widely watched monthly government jobs report. There was also hope that Washington's fiscal drama will come to a halt even if it means an eleventh hour budget deal.
"I think there's growing resonance that there's going to a budget resolution," said Tim Speiss, the New York-based partner-in-charge of the Personal Wealth Advisors Group of accounting firm EisnerAmper. "I believe what we're seeing here is that political leaders are going to reach at least an extension until Dec. 15 on the budget. So I think that's why we might be seeing some improvement in the stock market."
Bed Bath & Beyond
Jobless claims fell by 5,000 to a lower-than-expected 305,000 in the week ended Sept. 21, the Labor Department reported. That was better than the 325,000 figure Wall Street had expected. Furthermore, the four-week moving average on jobless claims decreased by 7,000 to 308,000, the lowest level since June 2007.
Meanwhile the third estimate on U.S. gross domestic product expansion in the second quarter came in unchanged from the previous estimate at 2.5%, the Commerce Department reported. An increase to 2.6% was expected.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury was off 4/32, raising the yield to 2.648%.