How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Thursday

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks posted modest gains Thursday as investors await Friday’s closely watched jobs report, which could offer insight about the U.S. economy and help determine whether the Federal Reserve raises interest rates again next month.

On Thursday:

The Dow Jones industrial average added 79.92 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 16,416.58.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2.92 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,915.45.

The Nasdaq composite index rose 5.32 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 4,509.56.

For the week:

The Dow is down 49.72 points, or 0.3 per cent.

The S&P 500 has lost 24.79 points, or 1.3 per cent.

The Nasdaq is down 104.39 points, or 2.3 per cent.

For the year:

The Dow is down 1,008.45 points, or 5.8 per cent.

The S&P 500 is down 128.49 points, or 6.3 per cent.

The Nasdaq is down 497.85 points, or 9.9 per cent.