Investing.com -- The Dow closed higher Thursday as tech resumed its advance supported by a drop in Treasury yields after data showing jobless claims jumped to 20-month highs stoked expectations for a Federal Reserve pause next week.
Initial Jobless claims unexpectedly rose 28,000 to 261,000, the largest jump since October 2021, pointing to signs of cooling in the labor market.
“We remain of the view that the risk of a full-blown layoff cycle later in the Summer remains substantial as businesses will look to cut costs and recapture more margin,” Jefferies said in a note.
Treasury yields fell on the news as bets on the Fed pause, underpinned by growth sectors of the market including tech and consumer discretionary.
With the exception of Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL ), big tech racked up gains led by Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ: META ) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), with the latter announcing it will make its ChatGPT-infused AI models available to U.S. government agency.
Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE ) rose almost 5% after launching an enterprise tier for its AI art tool, Firefly, and said it was working with businesses to explore how the tool could help cut costs and boost efficiencies.
The announcement arrived just a week ahead of Adobe’s second-quarter results due June 15. The software maker’s Q2 results will be parsed for further updates on AI and its planned acquisition of Figma, Deutsche Bank said in a note, after hiking its price target on the stock to $500 from $430.
GameStop (NYSE: GME ), meanwhile, slid nearly 18% after the video company reported quarterly results that missed estimates and announced it had fired CEO Matthew Furlong and appointed Ryan Cohen as executive chairman.
The shakeup at the top, however, isn’t likely to provide the company with the impetus needed to turn around performance, Wedbush said in a note Thursday.
“We remain convinced that GameStop is doomed, with declining physical software sales and a shift of sales to subscription services and digital downloads sealing its fate,” Wedbush added after cutting its price target on the stock to $6.20 from $6.30.
Carvana (NYSE: CVNA ) jumped 56% after the online car seller upgraded its second-quarter outlook, forecasting adjusted gross profit per unit to top $6,000, compared with a prior forecast of above $5,000.
Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) also drove the broader market higher, a day after hitting its highest level of the year, as the EV maker is reportedly in talks with Spanish government officials about building a $4.8 billion gigafactory in Valencia.
Energy pared some losses as oil prices moved off session lows after the White House denied a Wall Street report suggesting it was close to agreeing an interim nuclear deal with Iran that would allow the latter to resume oil exports.
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