US stock markets: How S&P 500, Dow Jones, Nasdaq, and Russell 2000 fared on Thursday

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The US stock markets closed higher on Thursday ahead of the Christmas holiday. Major indices on the Wall Street witnessed gain for the third day in a row. S&P 500 and Dow Jones both closed 0.6 percent higher, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 0.8 percent.

Technology companies and retailers performed well, while safe-play sectors such as real estate and utilities lagged behind.

US stock markets on Thursday:

The S&P 500 rose 29.23 points, or 0.6%, to 4,725.79.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 196.67 points, or 0.6%, to 35,950.56.

The Nasdaq rose 131.48 points, or 0.8%, to 15,653.37.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 19.67 points, or 0.9%, to 2,241.58.

US stock markets this week:

The S&P 500 is up 105.15 points, or 2.3%.

The Dow is up 585.12 points, or 1.7%.

The Nasdaq is up 483.69 points, or 3.2%.

The Russell 2000 is up 67.65 points, or 3.1%.

US stock markets for the year:

The S&P 500 is up 969.72 points, or 25.8%.

The Dow is up 5,344.08 points, or 17.5%.

The Nasdaq is up 2,765.09 points, or 21.5%.

The Russell 2000 is up 266.72 points, or 13.5%.

With agency inputs