Wall Street bounces ahead of jobs data
(Closed): Wall Street markets rose on Thursday as investors prepared for the release of a slew of economic data on Friday, including monthly jobs figures.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 47.87 points to 17,837.54.
Energy stocks took a dip after a meeting between large oil producing nations failed to reach an agreement to curb production.
The price of crude oil remained mostly flat though following a report that US stockpiles of crude oil were shrinking.
Shares of Johnson & Johnson climbed 1.5% after announcing plans to buy hair care product maker Vogue International.
Software giant Oracle fell 4% after a former employee filed a lawsuit alleging she was instructed to alter the company's sales figures.
Apple shares fell 0.8% after Goldman Sachs cut its price target for the company due to an expected decline in smartphone sales.