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

Markets Associated Press

Encouraging news on the U.S. job market and inflation helped lift U.S. stocks higher on Thursday, snapping a three-day slump for the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

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The rally pushed the S&P 500 to its latest record high, while the Dow came within 36 points of its own record. Technology stocks were among the biggest gainers.

On Thursday:

The Dow climbed 191.75 points, or 1.1 percent, to 18,252.24.

The S&P 500 index gained 22.62 points, or 1.1 percent, to 2,121.10.

The Nasdaq composite rose 69.10 points, or 1.4 percent, to 5,050.80.

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For the week:

The Dow is up 61.13 points, or 0.3 percent.

The S&P 500 index is up 5 points, or 0.2 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 47.24 points, or 0.9 percent.

For the year:

The Dow is up 429.17 points, or 2.4 percent.

The S&P 500 index is up 62.20 points, or 3 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 314.74 points, or 6.7 percent.