NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- U.S. stocks finished Thursday mixed as Wall Street struggled for direction

amid a lull in headlines from Europe

.

The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose nearly 34 points, or 0.27%, to close at 12,529.75. The

S&P 500

increased 1.82 points, or 0.14%, to settle at 1,320.68 and the

Nasdaq Composite

fell 10.74 points, or 0.38%, to finish at 2,839.38.

Breadth within the Dow was positive with 21 of the index's 30 components posting gains.

The biggest percentage gainers in the blue-chip index were

Hewlett-Packard

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,

Home Depot

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and

Coca-Cola

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Shares of HP rose 3.27% to $21.77. The printer and PC maker reported on Wednesday second-quarter non-GAAP earnings of 98 cents a share on revenue of $30.7 billion.

Analysts, on average, anticipated earnings

of 91 cents a share on $29.91 billion in revenue. HP also unveiled plans o cut 27,000 jobs, or about 8% of its work force.

The stock has declined 15.49% year to date.

Home Depot shares gained 1.99% to $49.71. The stock has increased 18.24% year to date.

Coca-Cola's stock rose 1.35% to $75.56. The stock has risen 7.99% year to date.

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