US STOCKS-S&P 500 hovers at record levels as jobless claims fall

Apple pushed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq higher on Thursday, with the benchmark index nearing an all-time high, as jobless claims fell below one million for the first time since efforts to curb the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States began five months ago. The S&P 500 briefly traded above its record closing high of 3,386.15 and was 0.3% away from its intraday record high of 3,393.52 registered in February.

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