U.S. stocks end higher as investors digest central bankers’ divergent signals


U.S. stocks closed modestly higher on Thursday as investors digested more economic data and commentary from senior Federal Reserve officials. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.23% gained 9.70 points, or 0.2%, to 4,283.74. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.21% is up 27.22 points, or 0.2%, to 12,965.34. The Dow advanced 27.22 points, or 0.2%, to 12,965.34. In terms of news, jobless claims data showed a modest decline in the number of Americans applying for benefits, while St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said Thursday he is leaning toward supporting a 0.75 percentage point rate hike at the Fed’s September meeting.

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