Stock market live Thursday: S&P 500 ends 2020 at record high, Bitcoin hits $29,000, Gold's best year in 10

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The S&P 500 and the 30-stock Dow closed at record highs to wrap up a memorable year for stocks and the world. Bitcoin hit $29,000 for the first time, while gold posted its best year in a decade. Employment data released Thursday showed the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, with more than 19 million Americans still receiving some type of unemployment insurance.