The S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell on Thursday as worse-than-expected jobless claims offset generally positive earnings reports.
The Dow industrials rose, lifted by solid results from several components, including 3M, Travelers and McDonald's.
The number of workers filing new jobless claims rose by 11,000 last week, indicating the labor market remained fragile despite signs of an economic recovery.
People are starting to say 'Is this real and can this continue? said Doug Roberts, chief investment strategist at Channel Capital Research.com in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
Particularly with the government, with the unemployment numbers, people are getting nervous about that.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 28.03 points, or 0.28 percent, to 9,977.39. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dropped 1.32 points, or 0.12 percent, to 1,080.08. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> shed 10.18 points, or 0.47 percent, to 2,140.55.
United Parcel Service Inc
Travelers Cos Inc
Union Pacific Corp
(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)