Stocks recover from omicron woes, Boeing jumps

Expect increased financial market volatility: Bob Doll

Crossmark Global Investments CIO Bob Doll provides insight into economic and market trends.

U.S. stocks opened mixed Thursday as investors weigh concerns over the omicron variant after the first U.S. case was disclosed by the CDC. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 267 points or 0.7%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite inched higher by 0.54% and 0.36%, respectively.  

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
I:DJIDOW JONES AVERAGES34461.02+438.98+1.29%
SP500S&P 5004553.51+40.47+0.90%
I:COMPNASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX15281.342745+27.29+0.18%

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Oil remained in a bear market, falling another 2%+ to the $64-per-barrel level as OPEC meets to discuss production. 

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USOUNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P.47.00-0.05-0.11%

In economic news, the second labor-related report of the week showed an uptick in unemployment benefits for last week rising by 220,000, up from the previous week’s total of 199,000, which marked a 52-year low. Continuing claims, which track the total number of unemployed workers collecting benefits, dropped to 1.95 million from 2 million the prior week. 

US ADDS MORE THAN HALF A MILLION JOBS – DESPITE WORKER SHORTAGES

On Friday, the November jobs report is expected to show the U.S. economy added 550,000 new nonfarm jobs last month, slightly above October’s stronger-than-expected tally of 531,000. The unemployment rate is anticipated to fall 0.1 percentage point to 4.5%.

In stocks, Kroger shares jumped after the grocer boosted its full-year forecast helped in part by consumers who continue to eat at home. 

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KRTHE KROGER CO.44.32+4.12+10.23%

Boeing shares rose after China cleared the Boeing 737 Max on Thursday to return to flying with technical upgrades more than two years after the plane was grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes.

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BATHE BOEING CO.194.51+6.44+3.42%

China is the last major market where the Boeing 737 Max was awaiting approval after the United States allowed flights to resume in December 2020 and European Union regulators gave permission in January. Brazil and Canada also have given approval.

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AAPLAPPLE, INC.159.93-4.84-2.93%

Apple shares slipped after seeing several days of gains even amid down market days. 

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FOX Business' Ken Marin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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