Brent crude futures held losses and U.S. crude held gains on Thursday after a report showing initial jobless claims fell last week in the United States.

Brent March crude was down 27 cents at $112.53 a barrel at 8:36 a.m. EST (1336 GMT), having traded from $112.40 to $112.86.

U.S. March crude was up 67 cents at $95.90 a barrel, having traded from $95.12 to $95.91. (Reporting by Robert Gibbons; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)