U.S. stocks end higher as market volatility continues
NEWYORK » U.S. stocks closed slightly higher Thursday, as volatility continues to be the dominant force in Wall Street’s tumultuous September. The S&P 500 was 0.3% higher. The day’s headline report showed that 870,000 workers filed for unemployment claims last week, a worse number than economists expected. Technology stocks ended up as the biggest gainers, and only health care sector stocks fell. The market’s momentum has shifted with lightning speed recently, often changing direction by the hour.