A pretty level Thursday in the markets, with the Nasdaq leading the charge, up 1.1%, while the S&P 500 gained 0.3%, and the Dow Jones climbed 0.2%. The Stoxx 600 European index dropped 1.07%.
The Labor Department said Thursday that initial weekly jobless claims came in above 1 million, surpassing a Dow Jones estimate of 923,000. Continuing claims decreased by more than 600,000.
The yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped three basis points to 0.65%. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.8% to $42.58 a barrel. Gold was at $1,949.61 an ounce.