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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P 500 begins second half of 2021 at new peak

July 1 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 index kicked off the second half of the year at record levels on Thursday after data showed fewer-than-expected weekly jobless claims, while Walgreens gained after it lifted its annual profit outlook.

The S&P 500 rose 3.2 points, or 0.08%, at the open to a record high of 4,300.73. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 4.8 points, or 0.01%, at the open to 34,507.32, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 10.3 points, or 0.07%, to 14,493.69 at the opening bell. (Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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