(CNBC) U.S. stocks closed mostly lower Thursday, holding on to the prior day's rally, as investors continued to consider the possibility of a December rate hike and eyed earnings. ( Tweet This )
The S&P 500 attempted to hold in positive territory in afternoon trade, with energy initially leading the index higher. The Dow Jones industrial average also attempted to hold in positive territory, with Apple contributing the most to gains.
The Nasdaq composite underperformed as biotech stocks and semiconductors declined.
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