U.S. stocks pushed higher Thursday, snapping a two-session losing streak, as investors focused on Europe’s stimulus measures and looked ahead to the U.S. jobs report.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 38.82 points, or 0.2%, to 18135.72, while the S&P 500 rose 2.51 points, or 0.1%, to 2104.04. The Nasdaq Composite added 15.67 points, or 0.3%, to 4982.81.
The gains followed two sessions of losses, though major benchmarks remained perched near all-time highs reached earlier in the week.
Trading activity was notably sparse, with stocks climbing at the open and clinging to a narrow range throughout the session. Volume was the second lowest of the year, with around 5.8 billion shares trading hands. Several traders said they were looking forward to Friday’s nonfarm payrolls report for February for additional trading cues.