It was a mixed bag for stocks Thursday as investors awaited much-anticipated non-farm payroll figures due out Friday morning, one week after the Labor Department reported an unsettling spike in jobless claims.

For the day, the Dow Jones Industrial average closed off 25.65 points to 12,020.03 and the S&P 500 trimmed 2.38 points to finish at 1,244.58.20.

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