The Dow Jones Industrial Average was on track for its longest winning streak since February on Thursday, with U.S. stocks rising as investors digested benign inflation data and jobless claims that pointed to continued improvement in the labor market.
What are markets doing?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.62% rose 100 points, or 0.4%, to 24,642. If the blue-chip index closes higher, it will be the sixth consecutive day of gains, the longest stretch in more than two months.
What is driving the markets?
The recent upbeat mood on Wall Street extended into Thursday, with traders largely shrugging off fresh geopolitical concerns that came after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal.
The decision to abandon the accord and reimpose sanctions on the Middle Eastern country sparked a rally in oil prices that continued on Thursday with West Texas Intermediate crude CLM8, -0.18% rising 0.5% to its highest level since November 2014.
What data are in focus?
What are strategists saying?
“This was a far cry from the great leap many inflation alarmists have been fearing. We’re still well within the Fed’s 2% comfort level, so some will say we’re right where we need to be,” said Mike Loewengart, vice president of investment strategy at E*Trade.
“Markets are continuing to react to Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iranian sanctions waiver, however, it is very interesting to see there has not been a significant safe haven flow that has...