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US stocks close higher for third-straight day despite unexpected jump in jobless claims

4:05pm: US equities close higher US stocks closed higher for a third-straight day despite an unexpected jump in jobless claims. Tech stocks led the market higher as optimism about the sector grows ahead of big earnings reports next week for some of the largest names. On the day, the Dow rose a slight 0.07% to 34,823. The S&P 500 increased 0.20% to 4,367 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq jumped by 0.36% to 14,684. 12.15pm: US stock markets lower at midday as jobless claims spook traders US stocks were down at noon as US jobless claims during the past week unexpectedly jumped to 419,000, well above consensus estimates of 360,000. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 65 points at 34,733, while the broader-based S&P 500 eased nearly 5 at 4,354. The tech heavy Nasdaq was essentially flat, off 9 points to stand at 14,623.  “The truth is investors have been very spoiled by the recent stock market performance,” LPL Financial chief market strategist Ryan Detrick wrote.  “Incredibly, we haven’t seen as much as a 5% pullback since October. Although we firmly think this bull market is alive and well, let’s not fool ourselves into thinking trees grow forever. Risk is no doubt increasing as we head into the troublesome August and September months,” Detrick added. On the corporate front, investors were still digesting disappointing results on Wednesday from streaming giant Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) (NASDAQ:NFLX), as its shares were off about 1% on Thursday to $507.21 after falling more than 3% a day earlier.   11.30am: Proactive North America headlines: ESE Entertainment sees its 2Q revenue climb 350% as recent acquisitions begin to pay off Viscount Mining Corp (TSX-V:VML, OTCQB:VLMGF) encouraged by potential for widespread silver mineralization at Passiflora target on its Silver Cliff property KWESST (TSX-V:KWE, OTCQB:KWEMF) Micro Systems will expand team with the addition of new hire Co-Diagnostics (NASDAQ:CODX) strengthens intellectual property portfolio with South Korean patent award for its CoPrimer technology Boosh Plant-Based Brands Inc (CSE:VEGI, PINK:VGGIF) expands product line to include refrigerated offerings VR Resources Ltd (TSX-V:VRR, OTCQB:VRRCF). set to mobilize next month for follow-up drill program at Hecla-Kilmer property, Ontario Altiplano Metals Inc initiates advance on Hugo Decline to 360-meter level at Farellon mine in Chile Newrange Gold Corp says it is encouraged by recent results from its Pamlico gold project in Nevada as it waits to start drilling again in Ontario Tetra Bio-Pharma (TSX:TBP, OTCQB:TBPMF) welcomes Christine Caron as a patient partner in its sepsis research Todos Medical Ltd receives new FDA Certificate of Free Sale for its Tollovid Daily immune system support BetterLife Pharma Inc (CSE:BETR, OTCQB:BETRF) secures Mitacs Accelerate funding to research its chronic anxiety and depression candidate NEO Battery Materials Ltd pens an additional licensing agreement with South Korean University Industry Great Panther Mining reveals new drill results from Urucum North deposit that could add near-term gold production at Tucano mine TRACON Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:TCON) upsizes bought deal offering of stock to $15M due to strong demand Versus Systems partners with Military Bowl Foundation to provide interactive fan experiences Marble Financial surpasses 20,000 member milestone on the MyMarble financial wellness platform Major Precious Metals closes final tranche of its C$10M placing to advance Skaergaard drill program Psyched Wellness (CSE:PSYC, FRA:5U9, OTCQB:PSYCF) Ltd completes largest AME-1 extraction to date to support preclinical studies on Amanita-derived products Ketamine One (NEO:MEDI) Capital Limited (LSE:CAPD, FRA:C8D) says its IRP clinic using NeuroCatch Platform to measure brain function in injured veterans Else Nutrition Inc (OTCQX:BABYF, TSX-V:BABY) to make a strong push into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama through Rouses Markets Group Eleven Resources kicks of maiden drill program at Zones 3 and 4 at Carrickittle zinc prospect in Ireland Vox Royalty (TSX-V:VOX) (TSX-V:VOX) Corp updates on more recent news from royalty partners, which should unlock value Plurilock Security Inc awarded US$217,000 purchase order from a California state retirement fund manager First Cobalt (TSX-V:FCC, OTCQX:FTSSF) Corp recovers nickel, copper and lithium from battery recycling test work 9.40am: Wall Street opens mixed The main indices on Wall Street opened on a mixed note on Thursday following an unexpected rise in US jobless claims numbers. Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.15% at 34,745 while the S&P 500 inched up 0.05% to 4,360 and the Nasdaq rose 0.25% to 14,668. The uncertain start followed news that the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to 419,000 last week from 368,000 the previous week, upending analyst predictions of a drop to 350,000. The increase keeps weekly claims near their level of two months ago, which means there has been little improvement despite signs of the job market recovering. 7:45am: Wall Street to open higher Wall Street is set for a positive start, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average looking at a third day of gains. The Dow is forecast to rise by 97 points or 0.27% at the open, while the S&P 500 is expected to climb 0.23% and the Nasdaq Composite is indicated 0.17% higher. A generally positive reporting season seems to have persuaded investors to shrug off concerns about the Delta variant. That has continued today to a degree, with AT&T shares up 1.4% in premarket after its results beat forecasts. But Texas Instruments Inc (NYSE:TXN) is down 4.9%. It too did better than expected in the second quarter but its outlook for the third quarter missed analyst targets, amid a global chip shortage. After the market closes, results from Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) are due. Meanwhile, US weekly jobless claims are expected to show a dip from 360,000 to 350,000. Four things to watch for on Thursday: Notable firms in the earnings diary today include computer processor maker Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC), healthcare firm Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) (NYSE:ABT) and medical device maker Danaher (NYSE:DHR) Corp (NYSE:DHR) Video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) is likely to draw attention after it was hit with a lawsuit by the state of California over an alleged “frat boy culture” at the group as well as harassment and discrimination against women Meanwhile, shares in chemical firm Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) could also be in focus after the group swung into profit amid better than expected On the macro front, aside from US jobless claims there may be some interest in more home sales data