Stocks advanced for the sixth straight session Thursday on an upbeat report of a decline in the number of people filing for unemployment benefits, In midafternoon trading, the Dow Jones industrial average added 117.77 points or 0.73 percent to 16,475.25. The DJIA has hit at least 49 record highs this year and is up more than 24 percent since January. The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 8.68 points, 0.47 percent, to 1,841.99. The Nasdaq composite index of tech-dominated stock added 11.77 points, 0.28 percent, to 4,167.19. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 added 1.03 percent or 164.45 points to 16,174.44. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 257.99 points or 1.13 percent to 23,179.55. In Europe , London's FTSE 100 and the French CAC 40 were closed for a holiday break and reopen Friday. The 10-year U.S. treasury note briefly rose 0.02 points to above 3 percent before falling to 2.998 percent. The euro traded flat at $1.369 and the dollar was slightly higher against the Japanese yen at 104.75 yen . Gold gained $7.90 to $1,212.20 per troy ounce. Silver added 0.47 cents to $19.930 . Crude oil was up 34 cents to $99.56 per barrel.
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