NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stock markets finished Thursday's trading session on a quiet note. After a big climb, the markets needed to take a breather.
The major indices touched fresh intraday highs Thursday after the European Central Bank fulfilled market hopes with its version of a quantitative easing program and economic data continued to bolster confidence that the low interest rate environment in the U.S. is here to stay.
Watch the video below for a closer look at how U.S. markets ended the trading day Thursday:
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"It's a market that's showing strong signs of fatigue and need to take a rest. Some sort of technical readjustment needs to take place," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital. There were also investors selling into Friday's "granddaddy report of the month on employment," commented Cardillo.
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"Investors are embracing the potential of more liquidity coming from Europe to drive up stock prices," said Sica Wealth Management founder and president Jeff Sica. The Bank of Japan decided after its two-day meeting to maintain its massive monetary stimulus program. The Bank of England kept its main interest rate at a record low of 0.5% and the size of its stimulus program unchanged at 375 billion pounds ($617 billion). The ADP private payroll employment report for August said 204,000 jobs were added last month in the U.S. vs. the expectation of 220,000. That's down from July's 212,000 rise. The Labor Department said weekly initial jobless claims rose 4,000 to 302,000 last week vs. the average estimate of 300,000. The four-week moving average increased by 3,000 to 302,750. The ISM non-manufacturing index jumped to 59.6 in August, the highest level since August 2005, vs. the consensus 57.5 estimate. The employment index portion of the report increased 1.1 percentage points to 57.1. The new orders index part of the release fell 1.1 percentage points to 63.8. The Markit PMI services index registered 59.5 in August, down from 60.8 in July, but was still much higher than the neutral 50 value. "If you really look at the underlying trends in the economic numbers, there's still a lot of structural weakness in them," said Sica. "In the nonfarm payrolls numbers tomorrow the numbers on the face will be OK, but we'll see a very, very low participation rate. That is giving investors the enthusiasm that the Fed will not back off their low interest rate policy."
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