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Wall Street's main indices were little changed in early trading as oil prices recovered their footing and against a backdrop of solid readings on the jobs and housing markets.
US jobless claims edged slightly higher last week.
In an interview with the Financial Times, the president of the Federal Reserve bank of Philadelphia, Patrick Harker, said it would be "prudent" for the US central bank to defer its next interest rate hike until December, instead of tightening at its September meeting.
US futures pointed to another downbeat session on Wall Street on Thursday as investors kept a close eye on oil prices after they fell to a 10-month low in the previous session.
Gains in technology and industrial metals saw the Dow Jones Industrials and S&P 500 hit fresh record highs at the start of the week.
Stay the course, the head of the Federal Reserve bank of New York said at the start of the week.
US futures pointed to a firmer start on Wall Street on Monday, with the Dow set to hit a fresh record at the open.