Dow, S&P 500 Snap Losing Streaks As Manufacturing Data Rolls In

The Dow staged an impressive rebound from its earlier losses, snapping a four-day losing streak alongside the S&P 500, while the Nasdaq extended its losses to five consecutive sessions as energy and tech weighed. Apart from a dip in weekly jobless claims for last week, there was a flood of other economic data today as well.

The S&P Global U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for August fell to 51.5 from July's 52.5 for the lowest reading in over two years. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) manufacturing index held at 52.8% in August. 

The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 31,656.42) added 146 points or 0.5% for the day. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) was the top performer with a 2.5% rise, while Boeing (BA) landed at the bottom of the list with a 4.1% drop. 

The S&P 500 Index (SPX -3,966.85) gained 11.9 points, or 0.3% for the day, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC -11,785.13) lost 31.1 points, or 0.3%.

Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 25.56) lost 0.3 points or 1.2% for today's session.

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Oil prices moved lower on Thursday, following their third-straight month in the red. Lockdowns in China weighed on sentiment, as investors await Monday's oil production decision from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+). October-dated crude shed $2.94, or 3.3%, to settle at $86.61 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Fresh off their fifth-straight negative month, gold prices fell for a fifth consecutive session to a six-week low. December-dated gold dropped $16.90, or 1%, to settle at $1,709.30 per ounce, its lowest finish since July 20. 

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