Markets Brace For Jobs Report & Tech Continues 5-Day Rally – Daily Financial News Summary For August 6, 2020

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Thursday saw a late surge in tech, which we’ll get to in a minute, but first, the Dow Jones rose 0.7%, the Nasdaq climbed 1%, and the S&P 500 was up 0.6%. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index lost 0.7%.

The tech industry continued to charge today with Apple reaching another record high and being up 3.5%, while Facebook rallied 6.5% higher, Netflix and Alphabet both closed 1% higher. Microsoft also saw a 1.6% gain.

Gold climbed above $2,050 an ounce in a fifth straight day of gains and finished the day 1.2% higher to settle at $2,061.90 an ounce. Meanwhile, the West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.4% to $42.03 a barrel. Copper fell 0.1% to $2.9135 per pound.

The first major professional golf tournament of the year kicked off in San Francisco at TPC Harding Park. It is the PGA Championship and as we publish Thursday evening, Jason Day sits alone atop the leaderboard at -5, while nine players are tied at -4 in second place. A few players were still out on the course.

The big news for Friday is the July U.S. jobs reports which are expected.

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