(CNBC) U.S. stocks closed mostly lower Thursday as investors awaited Friday's key jobs report that could shed light on the timing of a rate hike. ( Tweet This )
The major averages held mostly lower in choppy trade after struggling to hold opening gains. The indexes are still on track for gains of about 1 percent or more for the week.
Shares of Facebook held about 4.5 percent higher after briefly gaining more than 6 percent. The social media giant reported earnings after Wednesday's close that beat on both the top and bottom line.
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