US STOCKS-Wall St climbs after two-day decline; jobless data boosts
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* Investors look to payrolls data due on Good Friday
* Most S&P 500 sectors higher
* CarMax rallies on results
* Indexes up: Dow 0.4 pct, S&P 0.4 pct, Nasdaq 0.1 pct
By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks bounced on Thursday after two days of declines following encouraging data on the labor market, but mixed data this week kept uncertainty high before Friday's key payrolls report.
The S&P consumer discretionary index, up 0.7 percent, was among the day's better-performing indexes, helped by gains in CarMax shares. The stock jumped 9.3 percent to $74.73 following stronger-than-expected results.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week. The report followed lower-than-expected readings on private sector employment and manufacturing on Wednesday. Continuación...