NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended slightly
higher, rising for a third day on Thursday after strong data
indicated improving economic conditions, but caution capped
gains ahead of Friday's payrolls report and its implication for
the Federal Reserve's stimulus program.
Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial
average was up 6.15 points, or 0.04 percent, at
14,937.02. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 1.94
points, or 0.12 percent, at 1,655.02. The Nasdaq Composite Index
was up 9.74 points, or 0.27 percent, at 3,658.79.