Indices closed with gains on Thursday. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq stepped up for the fifth straight session. Brands such as Boeing, Cisco Systems and Apple led advancers on the Dow. Stocks gained on a variety of economic news. In earnings moves, Cisco tacked on 4.7% today in the wake of better-than-expected quarterly details. Revenue jumped 3% to $11.9 billion, versus a forecast of $11.8 billion. Earnings of 63 cents a share beat expectations of 59 cents. On another note, U.S. producer prices ticked up by 0.4% in January. The results were in line with forecasts. The core PPI rose 0.4%, which exceeded estimates of 0.2% growth. Looking elsewhere, initial jobless claims increased last week. Department of Labor data showed first-time claims climbed by 7,000 to 230,000.