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Markets counting down to big jobs Friday

Strong data, hawkish Fed speak

Oil prices and corporate news could hold market focus Thursday in the final day before Friday's highly anticipated jobs report.

"Does energy continue to remain firm? Do we get an answer on any of the biggest questions? And that's Twitter and Deutsche Bank," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities.

U.S. crude oil futures settled 2.3 percent higher at $49.83 a barrel on Wednesday after a surprise drawdown in weekly crude inventories. Oil last hit $50 on June 29 and traders are watching whether crude can top that psychologically key level in the next few days.