Wall St edges up, Dow and S&P at records

April 3, 2014
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in the Manhattan borough of New York April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened modestly higher on Thursday, with both the Dow and the S&P 500 at record levels despite data showing jobless claims rose more than expected in the latest week.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 28.07 points, or 0.17 percent, at 16,601.07. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index

was up 2.51 points, or 0.13 percent, at 1,893.41. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 4.04 points, or 0.09 percent, at 4,280.50.

(Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; Editing by Bernadette Baum)