Stocks recorded modest gains Thursday, one day ahead of a key jobs report. Thursday's session came after news of a jump in U.S. jobless claims and that the European Central Bank will soon begin its bond-buying stimulus program.
Initial jobless claims rose 7,000, to 320,000, for the week of Feb. 22-28, the Labor Department announced, reaching their highest level since May. New applications for unemployment benefits have risen sharply since reaching a 14-year low of 267,000 in late January, suggesting a possible slowdown in the U.S. labor market.
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