Stocks edged higher amid positive economic data and earnings - Thursday Review, May 6

Stocks edged higher amid positive economic data and earnings - Thursday Review, May 6

The debate on the possible ongoing economic recovery continues

The US

Wall Street closed higher, boosted by a strong weekly jobless claim report, while vaccine makers dipped after President Joe Biden backed plans to waive patents on COVID-19 shots. USA30 added 0.93% hitting an all-time high, while USA500 gained 0.82%. TECH100 traded 0.37% higher.

Crude oil fell 1.19% to hit $64.85 per barrel.

Gold traded at $1,815.05 per ounce after it went up 1.72%.

The Dollar Index was down 0.43% at 90.903.

Asia and Australia

Stocks were mixed as major markets returned from holidays, focusing on whether the current economic recovery will cause inflation. HongKong45 was up 0.30%.

Japan225 jumped 1.98%.

Down under, Australia200 fell 0.51% as the New South Wales state reported new COVID-19 cases.

USD/JPY traded at 109.08 after it fell 0.09%.

Europe

Markets closed in the green, as investors focused on the mostly positive fresh round of corporate earnings, with the banking sector leading the way. Germany30 traded 0.6% higher, while France40 rose 0.5%. UK100 climbed 0.3%, reaching a 52-week high.

Brent oil fell 1.09% to trade at $68.21 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.46% to 1.2061.

Sources: investing.com, reuters.com

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