(CNBC) The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell for a second straight day on Thursday as investors weighed the rising number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and around the world along with disappointing unemployment data.
The 30-stock Dow closed 39.51 points lower, or 0.2%, at 26,080.10. The Nasdaq Composite, meanwhile, climbed 0.3% to 9,943.05 for its fifth consecutive gain. The S&P 500 ended the session up 0.1% at 3,115.34.
Stocks struggled for direction throughout the session. At one point, the Dow was down 271 points and briefly turned positive. The S&P 500 also alternated between gains and losses for most of the day.
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