US stock indexes peek higher in another quiet day of trading

NEW YORK (AP) U.S. stock indexes peeked higher in morning trading on Thursday, and if the Standard & Poor's 500 maintains its slight gain, it would mark the longest winning streak for the index in four years.

Trading was again mostly quiet around the world, and markets were closed at several of Asia's big exchanges due to holidays.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 rose 5 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,543, as of 9:50 a.m. Eastern time. If the gain holds, it will be the eighth straight day where the index has climbed, which would be its longest such streak since 2013.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 22, or 0.1 percent, to 22,684, and the Nasdaq composite added 23, or 0.4 percent, to 6,558. All three indexes closed at records on Wednesday.

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POP THE CORK: Constellation Brands jumped to one of the biggest gains in the S&P 500 after it reported stronger earnings for the latest quarter than analysts expected, and it also raised its forecast for upcoming profit. The company has been focusing on the higher end of the beer, wine and spirits markets.

Its stock rose $8.30, or 4.1 percent, to $209.48.

ECONOMY WATCH: Fewer workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, which could be an indication that layoffs are slowing. Claims had jumped in earlier weeks after hurricanes struck Florida, Georgia and Texas.

The government will release its monthly update on jobs growth on Friday, and it's usually a big driver for markets. Many economists expect to see Friday's report show that hiring fell from a month earlier as a result of the hurricane damage.

YIELDS: Treasury prices and yields held relatively steady. The 10-year Treasury yield ticked up to 2.33 percent from 2.32 percent late Wednesday. The two-year yield was flat at 1.48 percent, and the 30-year yield inched up to 2.88 percent from 2.87 percent.

QUIET DAY OVERSESAS: In Asia, holidays in Shanghai, Hong Kong and South Korea kept markets closed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index was virtually flat.

In Europe, France's CAC 40 ticked up by 0.1 percent, Germany's DAX slipped 0.1 percent and the FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 112.58 Japanese yen from 112.98 yen late Wednesday. The euro dipped to $1.1726 from $1.1764, and the British pound slipped to $1.3139 from $1.3250.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 36 cents to $50.34 per barrel. Brent crude, the standard for international oil prices, advanced 82 cents to $56.62 per barrel.