US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St ends up for quarter; payrolls eyed

 NEW YORK, March 31 (Reuters) -  U.S. stocks ended a solid
quarter with the barest of moves on Thursday, as investors
looked ahead to Friday's U.S. jobs report to provide a
catalyst to push indexes to new highs for the year.
 For the day, based on the latest available data, the Dow
Jones industrial average (.DJI: Quote, Profile, Research) was down 30.88 points, or 0.25
percent, to end unofficially at 12,319.73. The Standard &
Poor's 500 Index (.SPX: Quote, Profile, Research) was down 2.43 points, or 0.18 percent,
to finish unofficially at 1,325.83. The Nasdaq Composite Index
(.IXIC: Quote, Profile, Research) was up 4.28 points, or 0.15 percent, to close
unofficially at 2,781.07.
 For the quarter, the Dow gained 6.4 percent, while the S&P
rose 5.4 percent and the Nasdaq added 4.8 percent.
 Also, the S&P small-cap index (.SML: Quote, Profile, Research) closed at a new
all-time high.
 (Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Jan
Paschal)







US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St ends up for quarter; payrolls eyed