Stocks Climb in Another Volatile Session

Major indexes charged ahead in Thursday's final hour after a brief bout of weakness. Investors were looking ahead to Friday's jobs report

Volatility continues to rule the day on Wall Street. U.S. stock indexes ended higher Thursday in another choppy session that saw the S&P 500 index, up for most of the day, briefly dip into negative territory before returning solidly into the green in the last hour of trading. Equities were helped by some solid profit reports and news of a smaller-than-expected initial jobless claims figure for the last week in July.

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