(CNBC) U.S. stocks closed higher Thursday, with health care stocks leading, ahead of the highly anticipated employment report due Friday morning.
The S&P 500 last closed above 2,100 in late April.
Health care traded more than 1 percent higher to lead the S&P 500, which topped the psychologically key 2,100 level in afternoon trade. Shares of Johnson & Johnson rose more than 1.5 percent in afternoon trade for the greatest positive impact on the Dow Jones industrial average. Earlier in the day, the firm said it would acquire Vogue International for $3.3 billion
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"This is just drift-type trading," said JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade.