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 was off 36 points, or 0.1%, at 34,761, while the S&P 500 was up less than 0.1% at 4,359.35. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.2% to 14,665.17.
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Weekly jobless claims totaled 419,000 for the week ended July 17, above the 350,000 estimate.
Americans are shopping, traveling and eating out more as the pandemic has waned.