(CNBC) U.S. stocks traded in a range Thursday, holding much of the week's gains ahead of Friday's jobs data.
The Dow transports traded nearly 1 percent higher and in positive territory for 2016. The Russell 2000 also traded higher, up about 0.6 percent in afternoon trade.
The S&P 500 attempted gains in afternoon trade as energy traded more than half a percent higher to lead advancers. Health care was the greatest decliner.
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The Dow Jones industrial average also tried to hold higher, with Caterpillar contributing the most to gains and McDonald's the greatest decliner.