NEW YORK Feb 7 U.S. stocks opened flat on Thursday after a trend gauge in weekly jobless claims signaled modest economic improvement and retailers posted mixed monthly sales.
The Dow Jones industrial average was down 11.06 points, or 0.08 percent, at 13,975.46. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 0.67 point, or 0.04 percent, at 1,511.45. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 1.68 points, or 0.05 percent, at 3,166.80.
UPDATE 1-Toshiba faces shareholders with no chip unit deal signed
* Talks with some members of preferred bidder group taking time
BRIEF-Charter prices $1.5 bln senior secured notes
* Co's units priced $1.0 billion in aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due February 2028