Wall Street fell at the open on Thursday after data showed U.S. weekly jobless claims fell less than expected and Chinese consumer inflation jumped to a 16-month high in February.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 20.63 points, or 0.20 percent, at 10,546.70. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dipped 3.03 points, or 0.26 percent, at 1,142.58. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> fell 8.24 points, or 0.35 percent, at 2,350.71.

(Reporting by Angela Moon; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)