Stocks fluctuated on Thursday morning, a day after Wednesday's strong rally, as President Biden prepared to announce a new federal pandemic response strategy that will include an accelerated vaccine rollout. On Wednesday, Mr. Biden signed 17 executive orders reversing Trump administration policies in such areas as climate change, immigration, racial equality, and government accountability. On the employment front, the Labor Department reported that first-time claims for state unemployment benefits fell to 900,000 for the week ended January 16, down from a revised 926,000 a week earlier and below the Bloomberg consensus forecast of 935,000. The Dow fell 0.1%, the S&P rose 0.1%, and the Nasdaq rose 0.5%. Crude oil fell to $53 per barrel, while gold traded near $1863 per ounce.