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
* Dow down 0.22 pct, S&P down 0.12 pct, Nasdaq up 0.12 pct (Updates to late morning)
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Dec 24 (Reuters) - Wall Street was little changed on Thursday as a fall in energy stocks dampened spirits in a shortened trading session on Christmas eve.
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.
However, the S&P energy sector looked set to snap a three-day rally, with a 0.67 percent decline. Exxon's shares were down 1.2 percent at $79.22 and were the biggest drag on the index. Continuación...