Walt Disney and Home Depot led Dow advancers on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Stocks stepped up on a variety of economic news. Initial jobless claims increased last week. Department of Labor data showed new claims rose by 3,000 to 222,000 in the week ended June 8. On another note, crude oil futures climbed 3% following reports of attacks on several oil tankers within the Persian Gulf. Energy brands including Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillps traded higher on the news. Looking ahead, May retail sales and the IEA’s forecasts for 2020 are set for release on Friday.