How the Dow Jones industrial average and other major indexes fared on Thursday

Markets Associated Press

The U.S. stock market closed at record highs on Thursday following another piece of good news on the economy. Fewer Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. That came a day after the Federal Reserve on Wednesday made clear it would keep interest rates near zero for a while.

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The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 109.14 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,265.99.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 9.79 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,011.36.

The Nasdaq composite rose 31.24 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,593.43.

For the week:

The Dow is up 278.48 points, or 1.6 percent.

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The S&P 500 index is up 25.82 points, 1.3 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 25.83 points, or 0.6 percent.

For the year:

The Dow is up 689.33 points, or 4.2 percent.

The S&P 500 index is up 163.00 points, or 8.8 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 416.84 points, or 9.9 percent.