US STOCKS-Wall St up slightly as tumultuous quarter winds down

jueves 31 de marzo de 2016 12:59 GYT

* Jobless claims rose unexpectedly last week

* S&P 500 up 1 pct for year

* Indexes up: Dow 0.12 pct, S&P 0.10 pct, Nasdaq 0.40 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

March 31 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to end a tumultuous first quarter on a quiet note with the three major indexes eking out small gains on Thursday, led by healthcare stocks.

Worries about the global economy caused a steep selloff in stocks at the start of the year, before a rebound in oil prices sparked a recovery.

Investors held off on making big bets on Thursday ahead of the critical U.S. non-farm payrolls report due on Friday. Crude oil rose slightly, hovering near $40 a barrel.

Data on Thursday showed U.S. jobless claims rose unexpectedly last week but remained well below the 300,000 mark, denoting a healthy labor market.

Friday's report will give investors a clearer reading on the state of the economy.   Continuación...