U.S. stocks saw a mixed start Thursday after data showed an unexpected rise in first-time applications for unemployment benefits last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA,
-0.11%

was off 36 points, or 0.1%, at 34,761, while the S&P 500
SPX,
+0.05%

was up less than 0.1% at 4,359.35. The Nasdaq Composite
COMP,
+0.22%

rose 0.2% to 14,665.17.

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