• The Dow Jones rose around 300 points Thursday.
  • Investors bought the dip aggressively after a sharp stock market sell0ff this week.
  • Persistently high jobless claims show how far the economic recovery has to go.

The Dow Jones rallied on Thursday, as investors looked to buy the dip after a miserable few days of trade, shrugging off some worrying jobless claims figures in the process.

Dow Jones Rallies as Bulls Buy the Dip

All three major U.S. stock market indices rallied, with the Nasdaq leading the way with a 1.3% gain. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones were close behind with a 1.1% move each.

The Dow Jones rallied sharply on Thursday. | Source: Yahoo Finance

Economic data were mixed Thursday, as hotly anticipated jobless claims figures came in worse than expected at 870,000. Unemployment continues to be stubbornly high, with continuing claims also worse than estimates above 12.5 million, though this number did decline.

There is no V-shaped recovery in the jobs market, a fact that economists have been warning about for months. ING’s James Knightley explains that, despite the lofty valuations on Wall Street, jobless claims remain significantly higher than in 2008:

There are clearly ongoing strains in the jobs market – remember that the peak in initial claims during the Global Financial Crisis was 665k the week of March 27, 2009, so we are still 200k above that. Meanwhile, high frequency Homebase employment data suggests that jobs growth has stalled [] and with Covid-19 cases picking up again there are also worries about the reintroduction of new containment measures, similar to what we are now seeing again in Europe.

Elsewhere the U.S. housing market continues to surge, with new home sales eclipsing the 1 million mark. Watch the video below:

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