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Aug. 13, 2020, 8:42 a.m. EDT

Stock-market futures perk up after weekly jobless claims put in first reading below 1 million in the pandemic era

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By Mark DeCambre

U.S. stock-index futures on Thursday popped below one million claims for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial U.S. weekly jobless claims came in at 963,000, marking the first time the reading of Americans looking for work have come in under 1 million in more than 20 weeks. The report also was below economists consensus forecast for a reading of about 1.1 million. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.20% were up 18 points, or less than 0.1%, at 27,882, while those for the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.83% /zigman2/quotes/209948968/delayed ES00 +0.16% were edging up 0.1% at 3,372. Nasdaq-100 futures /zigman2/quotes/210219788/delayed NQ00 +0.16% were up 0.6% at 11,188.50. All three main stock-index futures rose into positive territory or firmed their gains after the data.

/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
27,781.70
+329.04 +1.20%
Volume: 455.15M
Sept. 30, 2020 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,363.00
+27.53 +0.83%
Volume: 2.62B
Sept. 30, 2020 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/209948968/delayed
US : U.S.: CME
$ 3,357.25
+5.25 +0.16%
Volume: 15,320
Sept. 30, 2020 5:57p
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/zigman2/quotes/210219788/delayed
US : U.S.: CME
$ 11,425.00
+17.75 +0.16%
Volume: 5,880
Sept. 30, 2020 5:57p
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