* S&P 500, Nasdaq open at record highs 

  * European shares grind higher 

  * British pound slips as BoE holds rates at all-time low 

  * German business sentiment at 2-1/2 year high 

  * Graphic: World FX rates https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E 

  By Chris Prentice and Tom Arnold 

  WASHINGTON/LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Wall Street stocks rose and global share markets edged higher on Thursday on supportive U.S. jobless claims data as investors reassessed Federal Reserve statements on inflation and looked to upcoming data for direction. 

  The U.S. dollar weakened, while sterling fell after the Bank of England kept its stimulus program unchanged and left its benchmark interest rate at an all-time low. 

  The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq opened at all-time highs, boosted by shares of Tesla and other top-shelf technology firms as data showing fewer weekly jobless claims pointed to a steady recovery in the U.S. labor…

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