NEW YORK • Stocks are notching modest gains on Wall Street after encouraging news about the U.S. jobs market and higher sales from two major store chains.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose six points, or 0.04 percent, to 14,937 Thursday.
The Standard & Poor's 500 rose two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,655. The Nasdaq composite rose nine points, or 0.3 percent, at 3,658.
The number of people applying for unemployment benefits last week dropped to a five-year low, and payroll company ADP reported that private sector employment rose by 176,000 last month.
Costco and Walgreen's reported stronger sales.