Wall St flat as jobless claims fall to near 18-month low

FILE PHOTO: A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

(Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes opened nearly flat on Thursday after data showed weekly jobless claims fell to a near 18-month low.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 17.99 points, or 0.05%, at the open to 35,013.08. The S&P 500 opened lower by 1.05 points, or 0.02%, at 4,513.02, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 9.43 points, or 0.06%, to 15,296.06 at the opening bell.

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