U.S. stocks closed mostly up overnight, lifting the S&P 500 to new high on jobless claims falling to 3-month low ahead of this Friday's monthly employment report.
Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 62.1 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 16,422.28,
S&P 500 added 3.23 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,877.04, a record close, with financials and industrials the best performing; utilities and health care leads laggards among its10 major industry groups.
Nasdaq fell 5.85 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 4,352.13.
Oil futures rose 11 cents to U$101.56 a barrel and gold gained U$11.50, or 0.9 per cent, to U$1,351.80 an ounce.