US STOCKS-No gift for Wall Street on Christmas Eve
* Stock markets closed early at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT)
* Jobless claims fell to 267,000 last week
* Crude prices up marginally
* Dow ends down 0.29 pct, S&P down 0.16 pct, Nasdaq up 0.05 pct (Updates to close)
By Noel Randewich
Dec 24 (Reuters) - Wall Street finished a little lower on Thursday as a drop in energy stocks kept a lid on holiday cheer during a shortened Christmas Eve trading session.
Equity markets wrapped up a session of subdued trading at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT), ahead of the Christmas Day holiday on Friday. Volume on the U.S. exchanges was 2.7 billion shares, compared to a 7.5 billion average over the last 20 trading days, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Oil prices rose marginally, with U.S. crude set for gains for a fourth straight day.
But the S&P energy sector snapped a three-day winning streak, declining 0.91 percent. Exxon Mobil lost 1.07 percent and was the biggest drag on the benchmark S&P 500. Continuación...