US shares open lower after jobless claims report

Thursday, 18. February 2021 15:31

Stock markets in the United States started the session with losses on Thursday after the weekly jobless claims report showed an increase of 13,000, beating expectations. Housing starts decreased by 6% in January compared to December. Meanwhile, reports indicate President Joe Biden's coronavirus stimulus bill worth $1.9 trillion will be adopted by the House next week.

The Dow Jones was down by 0.64% at the open, falling over 200 points. Walmart Inc. led the losses, plummeting 6%. The S&P 500 lost 0.74% at the same time with Albemarle Corp. dropping 9.51%. The Nasdaq 100 dropped 1.05% at 9:31 am ET, as Baidu decreased by 4.59%.

The euro traded 0.27% higher compared to the dollar and sold for 1.20748 at 9:31 am ET.

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