Stock Market Closes Trading Session with Gains

The US stock market jumped as retailers kicked off the year-end shopping season amid record COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States and numerous nations in Europe.

The US stock market jumped as retailers kicked off the year-end shopping season amid record COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States and numerous nations in Europe.

On Friday, the Dow Jones rose 37.9 points, or 0.13 percent, to 29,910.37; while the S&P 500 gained 8.7 points, or 0.24 percent, at 3,638.35; and the Nasdaq 100 added 111.44 points, or 0.92 percent, at 12,205.85.

In Asia, the HSI jumped 0.28 percent to be at 26894.68, while Japan’s NIKKEI jumped 0.4 percent to be at 26644.71 and China’s SHANGHAI jumped 1.14 percent to be at 3408.31. In Europe, the STOXX jumped 0.22 percent to be at 3090.22 and the FTSE jumped 0.07 percent to be at 6367.58.

In commodities, oil prices fell 0.02 percent to be at $45,52 per barrel, while natural gas prices jumped 0.28 percent to be at $2,85 per BTU.

Meanwhile, platinum prices jumped 0.62 percent to be at $970,80 per ounce while copper prices jumped 0.13 percent to be at $3,40 per pound. Also, gold prices jumped 0.07 percent to be at $1,783 per ounce and silver prices jumped 0.56 percent to be at $22,68 per ounce.

In currencies, the Euro fell 0.3456 percent to be at $0,8363 per US dollar, while the Yen fell 0.1823 percent or 0.1900 points and the Sterling jumped 0.4543 percent to be at $0,7518 per US dollar.


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