US STOCKS-Wall Street sees little cheer on Christmas eve
* Stock markets close at 1 p.m. ET
* Jobless claims fell to 267,000 last week
* Crude prices up marginally
* Futures: Dow down 0.2 pct, S&P down 0.09 pct, Nasdaq up 0.09 pct (Updates to open)
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Dec 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks indexes were little changed on Thursday in a shortened trading session on Christmas eve, dragged down by energy stocks.
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.
Crude prices were up marginally, with U.S. crude set for gains for the fourth straight day.
European stocks followed a rally on Asian bourses on Thursday, driven by gains in oil. Continuación...