Oil above $108 on jobless claims; gold gains 0.5%
Crude-oil futures closed higher on Thursday as better-than-expected data improved the economic outlook.
August oil futures added 1.5 percent to finish at $108.04 a barrel, the highest price since March 2012.
Weekly jobless claims fell to their lowest level since early May and the Philadelphia Federal Reserve's manufacturing survey posted its highest reading in about two years.
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