S&P 500 closes at all-time high driven by lower Omicron virulence

The NYSE closed this Thursday higher for the third consecutive day, with a record for the S&P 500 index, alleviated by the lower virulence of the Omicron variant and satisfied by global indicators.

The Dow Jones ended for its part with a gain of 0.55%, while the index Nasdaq, with a strong technological valuation, rose 0.85% and the S&P 500 advanced 0.62% to register at 4,725.79 points, a historical record.

The dollar was lower against a basket of currencies on Thursday as fears of the fallout from the Omicron coronavirus variant it eased, supporting riskier currencies such as the Australian dollar and the British pound.

On the eve of a long weekend in the United States, most competing currencies traded little. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six pairs, was down 0.08% to 96.031. The index remains close to the 16-month high it reached at the end of last month.

(With information from Reuters)


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