Stocks ended modestly higher in choppy trading Thursday amid disappointing jobless numbers and word from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that he planned to resume fiscal-stimulus talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 52 points, or 0.2%, to 26,815, the S&P 500 was up 0.3% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 0.37%.
The Dow was up as much as 1.2% and down as much as 0.8% on Thursday.
Goldman Sachs led the DJIA higher, closing up 4.8% at $195.11. UBS analyst Brennan Hawken upgraded the investment bank to buy from neutral and raised his share-price target to $245 from $220.
Apple finished up 1% and Tesla tacked on almost 2%.
Mnuchin told a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday that a targeted pandemic relief package was “still needed,” Bloomberg reported.