(CNBC) U.S. stocks closed mostly flat Thursday as investors digested a slew of economic data ahead of Friday's key jobs report.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 15 points higher, after briefly falling more than 100 points. The S&P 500 fell less than a point, after being dragged by a 1 percent fall in financials. Utilities were the greatest laggards at the close. The Nasdaq composite outperformed, gaining about 0.3 percent.
Banks stocks fell, with the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) and the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) dropping around half a percent.
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