NEW YORK, April 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks ended mixed on Thursday as Wall Street cheered upbeat jobs data, but the gains were capped by a steep sell-off in Tesla shares.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 166.50 points, or 0.64 percent, to 26,384.63. The S&P 500 increased 5.99 points, or 0.21 percent, to 2,879.39. The Nasdaq Composite Index decreased 3.77 points, or 0.05 percent, to 7,891.78.
Seven of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors closed higher, with materials up 1.01 percent, the best-performing group. Technology and utilities, however, underperformed. The S&P 500 notched a six-day winning streak.
Boeing shares gained 2.89 percent at the close, contributing to the 30-stock index.
Tesla shares slumped 8.23 percent, leading the laggards in the Nasdaq. The company revealed late Wednesday that it delivered less-than-expected vehicles in the first quarter.
On the economic front, U.S. initial jobless claims, a rough measure of layoffs, registered 202,000 in the week ending March 30, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised level, the Department of Labor said Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 216,000 reading.
Investors also paid close attention to the latest round of U.S.-China trade talks. Enditem