President Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord on Wednesday.

The White House audience today broke out in applause when President Trump announced the United States was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord.

The Dow closed at 21,114.18 today.

The index was up 135 points on Thursday.

U.S. equities closed higher on Thursday, the first trading day in June, as Wall Street got ready for the release of the monthly jobs report.

The Nasdaq composite gained about 0.8 percent, hitting intraday and record highs. The S&P 500 also rose nearly 0.8 percent to notch all-time highs, with materials, financials and health care leading advancers. The health care sector also reached its first 52-week high since March 15.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose about 135 points, with UnitedHealth and Goldman Sachs contributing the most gains. The 30-stock index also traded about 25 points away from its intraday record.

Economists polled by Reuters expect the U.S. economy to have added 185,000 jobs last month. But David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Funds, said expectations may have increased in the market after a strong report from ADP and Moody’s Analytics.

The Thursday report said private payrolls surged by 253,000 in May, easily topping a consensus estimate of 185,000.

“It was a very good, positive surprise. We’ve had a few negative surprises, so this is definitely against the current,” said JPMorgan Funds’ Kelly. “Overall, it says the economy is still moving along nicely.”

The report from ADP and Moody’s is often seen as a preview to the U.S. government’s nonfarm payrolls report, which is set for release Friday at 8:30 a.m.

“What the ADP number does is it raises expectations that the jobs report can come at the top end of the range and maybe above the estimate,” said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade.

Traders celebrate on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as the Dow Jones Industrial Average passes the 20,000 mark shortly after the opening of the trading session in New York, U.S., January 25, 2017.

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Traders celebrate on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as the Dow Jones Industrial Average passes the 20,000 mark shortly after the opening of the trading session in New York, U.S., January 25, 2017.

Wall Street had a slew of data to digest Thursday, including weekly jobless claims, which came in at 248,000, above a forecast of 239,000. The ISM manufacturing index for May came in at 54.9, just below an estimate of 55.0. April construction spending fell 1.4 percent with economists forecasting a gain of 0.5 percent.

Auto companies, meanwhile, released monthly vehicle sales throughout the day.

Nevertheless, these data — along with Friday’s jobs report — will do little to dissuade the Federal Reserve from raising rates later this month. CONTINUE READING…