(CNBC) — U.S. stocks closed mildly higher Wednesday after their best start to a month in just over three years. Oil and data remained in focus ahead of Friday's jobs report.
"I think it's more of a digestion of the past day's gains and the realization there are two big economic indicators coming up," said Anthony Valeri, investment strategist at LPL Financial. ISM services is due Thursday and the nonfarm payrolls report is scheduled for Friday morning.
"I think this week ISM services takes prominence because of (Markit services) PMI's drop below 50," he said.
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