US STOCKS-No gift for Wall Street on Christmas Eve
* Stock markets close at 1 p.m. ET
* Jobless claims fell to 267,000 last week
* Crude prices up marginally
* Dow down 0.11 pct, S&P up 0.02 pct, Nasdaq up 0.25 pct (Updates to late morning)
By Noel Randewich
Dec 24 (Reuters) - Wall Street was mixed on Thursday as a drop in energy stocks kept a lid on holiday cheer in a shortened Christmas Eve trading session.
Equity markets will close at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) on Thursday, ahead of the Christmas Day holiday on Friday. Volume is expected to be light, which could exacerbate volatility.
Oil prices rose marginally, with U.S. crude set for gains for the fourth straight day.
But the S&P energy sector snapped a three-day rally, declining 0.71 percent. Chevron lost 1.52 percent and was the biggest drag on the S&P 500. Continuación...