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(Close): There were new record highs for the two main US indexes on Thursday.

The markets initially reacted uncertainly to the latest measures from the European Central Bank, losing early gains but perked up by the close.

The Dow Jones rose 98.58 16,836.11, the S&P 500 index was up at 1,940.46 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 44.59 points to 4,296.23.

The ECB cut interest rates, turning its deposit rate negative.

It also announced further measures to try to stimulate the eurozone economy.

Shares in Sprint fell 4% following reports that the company has agreed a deal to pay $40 a share to buy T-Mobile US, valuing the company at more than $32bn. T-Mobile US shares fell 2.3% to $33.45.

Amazon caused some excitement by hinting at a mystery new product launch next Wednesday. Shares rose 5.5%.