S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq hit new records

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Düsseldorf Wall Street defied the surprisingly weak US labor market data on Friday: All major indices reached new record highs. The Dow Jones index of standard values ​​climbed 0.8 percent to a record high of 30,218 points. The broader S&P 500 rose 0.9 percent to 3699 points and the index of the technology exchange Nasdaq rose 0.7 percent to 12,464 points.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq had already set new highs on Thursday, before a report about capped production targets for the German company’s vaccine Biontech and their US partner Pfizer partially wiped out the profits.

At first glance, there was also bad news for the markets on Friday: In November, US companies outside of agriculture only created 245,000 jobs, as the government announced. This is the weakest value since May. Analysts had expected an average of 445,000 new jobs.

In September there were 711,000 new jobs, in October 610,000. The fact that the dynamic of job creation is slowing after the waves of layoffs in the corona crisis could indicate that the economic recovery is taking longer than previously assumed.

“The return to normal will take some time in view of the infection situation. A vaccine needs to be distributed to get the service sector back on track, ”commented economist Thomas Gitzel from der VP Bank.

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