U.S. stocks opened mixed Thursday as investors weighed economic data showing initial jobless claims rose slightly. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
was up 0.1% soon after the opening bell, while the S&P 500
slipped less than 0.1% and the Nasdaq Composite
fell 0.2%, according to FactSet data, at last check. The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits in the week ended Sept. 17 rose by 5,000 to 213,000, according to a report from the Labor Department Thursday. Still, new jobless claims are quite low and the labor market remains strong even as the U.S. economy slows.