Thursday’s Midday Movers: 3 Stories Driving Markets

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The major U.S. markets were falling Thursday after a poor weekly jobless claims report. As of 12 p.m.:

DIJA: -0.13% to 15306.67 S&P 500: -0.23% to 1685.28 NASDAQ: -0.13% to 3720.35
Gold: -3.03% to 71.3 Oil: +1.02% to 25.7 U.S. 10-Year: -1.30% to 28.82

Here are three stories helping drive the market Thursday afternoon:

1. Computer Error Pushes Jobless Claims to Post-Recession Low: Initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped 31,000 for the week ended September 7 to a seasonally adjusted 292,000 — the lowest level reported since 2006 and a figure that indicates employers have ended the long cycle of elevated layoffs that characterized the 2007 to 2009 recession.

These low numbers confounded analysts who were expecting a modest increase, and indeed, the drop was exaggerated if not completely wrong. The problem is that decline was likely caused by two states — one big and one small — that initiated a computer upgrade preventing officials from processing all the claims they received during the week due, according to a Labor Department analyst.

2. Yahoo! Here Are the Numbers Delighting Marissa Mayer: Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer has reported a number of significant victories since her appointment to the position more than a year ago, among them Yahoo’s stock rally, its $1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, and the site’s appealing homepage and email redesign.

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