Stock market live Thursday: Nasdaq closes above 13,000, S&P and Dow hit records, bitcoin tops $40K

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The major averages jumped to record highs on Thursday as Congress confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's election. The Nasdaq Composite closed above 13,000 for the first time ever. The move accelerated Wednesday's gains, despite turmoil in Washington. Elsewhere, jobless claims were better-than-expected, and bitcoin hit a new all-time high.