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Return to In-Person Shopping Hurts Etsy

But overall, earnings reports helped lift the markets
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 5, 2021 3:06 PM CDT
Return to In-Person Shopping Hurts Etsy
Trader Ashley Lara works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Aug. 5.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Stocks rose on Wall Street Thursday as investors reviewed encouraging jobs data and a strong batch of corporate earnings reports, per the AP. The Dow rose 271 points to 35,063, the S&P 500 rose 26 points to 4,429, and the Nasdaq rose 114 points to 14,895. All the gains were under 1%. The increases were broad in what has been a choppy week of trading, with technology companies leading the way. Banks made solid gains as long-term bond yields rose, which they rely on to charge higher interest rates on loans. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.21% from 1.18% late Wednesday. Wall Street got another glimpse of the recovering jobs market after the Labor Department reported that unemployment claims—a proxy for layoffs—dropped last week by 14,000.

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The generally encouraging report follows a weak report from payroll processor ADP on Wednesday showing that the private sector added jobs at a much slower pace than expected in July. Investors are also weighing another batch of earnings reports. Underwear maker Hanesbrands jumped 6.8% after reporting solid second-quarter financial results. Booking Holdings rose 5.7% after it reported solid revenue. Several companies that benefited from the shift in consumer habits during the height of the pandemic slipped after releasing disappointing results or forecasts. Online crafts marketplace Etsy fell 8.1% after giving investors a weak sales forecast as more people return to shopping in person. Video-streaming service Roku shed 4.1% after active accounts and streaming hours fell short of analysts' forecasts.

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