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Stock market today: Live updates

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Traders walk the floor during morning trading at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on May 14, 2024 in New York City.

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Stock futures rose marginally Thursday after a lighter-than-expected inflation reading propelled the major averages to record highs.

Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 30 points, or 0.1%. S&P 500 futures traded just above the flatline, along with Nasdaq-100 futures.

The three major averages closed at records on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 breaking above 5,300 for the first time.

That performance was helped by the April reading of the consumer price index, a broad measure of how much goods and services cost at the cash register, which increased 0.3% from the prior month. That was slightly below the Dow Jones estimate of 0.4%. Consumer prices still grew 3.4% from a year ago.

“The market is recognizing that the inflation dynamics look favorable,” Yung-Yu Ma, chief investment officer at BMO Wealth Management, told CNBC. “Combine that with some of the takeaways from the earnings season, which were pretty healthy earnings and favorable outlooks overall, the market was just coiled to look to interpret news as good news.”

“[That] is the hallmark of a bull market,” he added, “to take take something that could be two-sided and call it good.”

On Thursday, investors have a batch of economic data to look forward to, including the widely watched weekly jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. Eastern and the Philadelphia Federal Reserve manufacturing index.

The tail end of the earnings season continued, with Walmart reporting better-than-expected quarterly results. Shares were up more than 2%.

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