US STOCKS-Wall St holds near unchanged mark after data flurry
* Initial claims climb in latest week
* CPI posts biggest drop since 2008
* Durable goods orders top expectations
* Salesforce.com climbs after results, outlook
* Indexes: Dow off 0.08 pct, S&P off 0.16 pt, Nasdaq up 0.14 pct (Updates to late morning)
By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks held near the unchanged mark on Thursday in the wake of a mixed bag of economic data, with the Dow and S&P 500 holding just off record highs while the Nasdaq advanced modestly.
U.S. consumer prices fell 0.7 percent in January, the biggest drop since 2008, as gasoline prices tumbled, and weekly jobless claims climbed to 313,000 last week, although durable goods orders rose for last month. The inflation data could provide a cautious Federal Reserve with leeway to keep interest rates low for a bit longer.
The market is "just digesting what we have already received and waiting for what is coming next week to find a better direction of where we are going," said Gabriela Santos, global market strategist for J.P. Morgan Asset Management in New York. Continuación...