Global stock markets ended mostly higher on Thursday, with United States (US) stocks notching another record high buoyed by the current robust US economic growth. At the same time, strong earnings momentum and a successful vaccine rollout continued to feed risk appetite. Recent job figures reinforced such a view, with weekly jobless claims falling more than expected to a new year low, planned layoffs in April at their lowest level since 2000, and first-quarter labor productivity growth beating market consensus. 

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