Indices closed in the green on Thursday. Brands advanced on a variety of economic news. Initial jobless claims held steady. Department of Labor data showed 211,000 new claims for the second week straight. On another note, consumer prices ticked up in April. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% versus a forecast for a 0.3% gain. Core prices edged up 0.1% in April following a 0.2% rise for the previous two months. Looking elsewhere, crude oil prices increased. West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 0.3% today to settle at $71.38 a barrel.