September's energy index increase was driven by a 13.1% increase in gasoline prices due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
While investors cheered an increase in the US producer price index (PPI) for last month, inflation concerns were still in focus ahead of consumer price index (CPI) data on Friday after Federal Reserve minutes showed a more guarded view.
Meanwhile, the monthly rise in vehicle sales was 3.6% in September, with unit sales reaching a 12-year high, and sales of building materials and garden equipment were up 2.1% on the month.
The 30-year bond was last up 15/32 in price to yield 2.8483 percent, from 2.876 percent late on Wednesday.
The Trump administration is seeking to use NAFTA to propose automotive content rules that require the use of North American-made steel, aluminium, copper and plastic resins according to a Reuters report citing three unnamed sources.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 17.09 points, or 0.07 percent, to 22,855.8, the S&P 500 lost 2.1 points, or 0.08 percent, to 2,553.14 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.41 points, or 0.04 percent, to 6,601.14.
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"People got a little bit spoiled by the very nice advances we saw in the first and second quarter, but keep in mind that earnings started perking up in the third quarter of last year so the year-over-year comparisons might not look as robust", said John Carey, portfolio manager at Pioneer Investment Management in Boston.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 rose 0.22 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe .MIWD00000PUS gained 0.29 percent. It had traded as high as 2.42% a day earlier. "On more sober reflection, traders are coming to bid up the dollar", said Karl Schamotta, director of global product and market strategy at Cambridge Global Payments in Toronto. The index rose 1.7% for the 12 months ending in September. The food index increased 1.2% over the previous year.
"I$3 t's worth noting that the CPI number is not the Fed's preferred measure of inflation but it is released a couple of weeks before the core PCE price index and there is followed closely for signs of price pressures building or declining", Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA, said in emailed commentary. US crude was on track for its fifth weekly gain out of six weeks.
Against the euro, the dollar fell 0.3% to $1.1864 and was 0.4% lower versus the pound at $1.3315.
Spot gold added 0.2 percent to $1,294.62 an ounce.