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Thomas Donato
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, Trader Thomas Donato, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets, except Japan, were in the red Thursday Nov. 21, 2013 amid jitters over new signals from the U.S. Federal Reserve that it may cut monetary stimulus sooner than expected. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Dow Average Closes Above 16,000 For the First Time

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Dow Jones industrial average is closing above 16,000 for the first time as encouraging news on the job market pushes stocks higher.

Applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since September. The number of applications is close to where it was before the Great Recession.

The Dow rose 109 points, or 0.7 percent, to 16,010 Thursday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 14 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,795. The Nasdaq composite rose 47 points, or 1.2 percent, to 3,969.

Williams-Sonoma jumped 8 percent after the company said its third-quarter net income rose as customers spent more at its West Elm and PBteen stores.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.79 percent.

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