US STOCKS-S&P 500 ends at record on jobless data; payrolls eyed
* U.S. jobless claims at 3-month low, offer hope for labor market
* Nonfarm payrolls data due Friday; hiring likely picked up
* Staples, Costco shares fall after results, drag on Nasdaq
* Dow up 0.4 pct; S&P up 0.2 pct; Nasdaq down 0.1 pct
By Angela Moon
NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks mostly rose on Thursday, with the S&P 500 closing at yet another record on better-than-expected jobless claims data and the European Central Bank's move to keep rates unchanged.
But the overall sentiment was cautious ahead of Friday's all-important U.S. nonfarm payrolls report and tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
The CBOE Volatility Index or VIX, Wall Street's so-called fear gauge, ended up 2.3 percent at 14.21.The VIX generally moves inversely to the performance of the S&P 500 and is often used to hedge against a market decline.
Trading volume was also lower than average, with about 6.4 billion shares traded on U.S. exchanges, according to data from BATS Global Markets, below the daily average of about 7 billion in the past month. Continuación...