(CNBC) U.S. stocks mostly rose on Thursday, lifting the S&P 500 to another record, after data had jobless claims falling to a three-month low ahead of Friday's monthly employment report.
U.S., weekly applications for jobless benefits declined to 323,000, the lowest in three months, while new orders for American factory goods fell in January.
"I still view the jobs market as relatively healthy. We'll get an okay jobs number tomorrow. Is it going to meet expectations, I have no idea, but the trend should be roughly in the 100,000 category," said Paul Nolte, senior vice president and portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago.
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