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    * Jobless claims rise less than expected, Philly Fed jumps. * Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings. * Morgan Stanley rallies after results. * Indexes: Dow off 0.1 pct, S&P flat, Nasdaq up 0.15 pct. By Rodrigo Campos.

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    NEW YORK-- Treasury prices extended a drop Thursday after data showed the number of people applying for unemployment benefits last week was lower than economist expectations. Jobless claims from an upwardly revised 302,000 in the previous week, but beat Wall Street forecasts of 315,000. After the data, the benchmark 10- year note yield, which rises as prices fall, was up 2 basis points at 2.659%. The 30- year bond yield rose 1 basis point to 3.461%, and the 5- year note yield rose 2.5...

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    SAN FRANCISCO-- Big losses from IBM Corp. highlighted what was mostly a negative trading session for tech stocks Thursday, as the computer-services giant's shares fell more than 4% to $187.01. The cause of IBM's (IBM) losses was the company reporting weaker-than-expected first-quarter earnings. Losses also came from Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Oracle Corp..

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    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG) said first-quarter income improved 8.5% as the burrito chain continued to post strong same-store sales growth amid higher traffic. The restaurant chain boosted its expected growth in same-store sales for the year, now predicting a rise in the high single digit range, from its prior view of a low to mid-single digit range improvement. Shares jumped about 5% premarket after the company easily beat revenue estimates, though earnings were below market...

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    Wall Street opened flat on Thursday, following three days of gains, as underwhelming results from tech giants Google and IBM were offset by upbeat quarterly numbers from the likes of Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and General Electric.

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    Canadian stock index futures were little changed after data showed Canada's annual inflation rate rose more than expected in March as traders get set for a long weekend. The market is closed on Friday for the Good Friday holiday. June futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.05 percent at 0900 ET after being down marginally before the data.

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     ALCOA INC (AA). is higher 0.37% to $13.42 in pre-market trading on Thursday, following a ratings upgrade to "sector perform" from "underperform" at RBC Capital. The firm upgraded the metal company's rating based on its recent performance in the alumina business and its GRP which, the firm says, has been stronger than expected. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 10 Favorite Growth Stocks.

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     Shares of The Southern Company (SO) are trading lower -0.41% to $45.63 in pre-market trading on Thursday following a ratings downgrade. The holding company was downgraded to "sector perform" from "outperform" at RBC Capital. The firm downgraded the company's rating based on a valuation call. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 10 Favorite Growth Stocks.

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    Homebuilder stocks have been trading lower since the end of February, when the PHLX Housing Sector Index set a 52-week intraday high at 213.81 on Feb. 26. The answer was a clear yes. So is now the time to buy? We conduct a technical analysis to find that out. We'll discuss the market now, then present our technical analysis of housing market stocks in the charts on page 3 of this article.

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    By Victor Reklaitis and Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch. NEW YORK-- U.S. stock futures shrugged off earlier gloom and edged higher on Thursday after earnings from Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) beat expectations while jobless claims ticked up by less than expected. General Electric (GE) and PepsiCo (PEP) also rose in premarket action after releasing their quarterly results.

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    * Jobless claims rise less than expected in latest week. * Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings. * Morgan Stanley shares rally after results. * Futures up: Dow 15 pts, S&P 3 pts, Nasdaq up 12 pts. By Rodrigo Campos.

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    Shares of Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) are up 3.68% to 68.75 in pre-market trade as the oilfield services company reported revenue of $5.7 billion for the 2014 first quarter, up 10% year over year. Adjusted net income of 84 cents for the quarter was up 29% year over year.

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    * Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings. * Morgan Stanley shares rally after results. * Futures: Dow off 10 pts, S&P flat, Nasdaq up 3 pts. U.S. stock index futures were flat and pointed to a lower open on Thursday after three days of gains on Wall Street, weighed by results including those from Google and IBM and ahead of employment and regional business growth data.

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    Canadian stock index futures indicated a lower open on Thursday ahead of inflation data and as disappointing earnings from Google and IBM dampened the previous session's upbeat tone. June futures on the S&P TSX index were down 0.07 percent at 0715 ET. Canadian inflation data is due at 0830 ET.

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    NEW YORK-- U.S. stocks rallied Wednesday, and three days of gains sent the benchmark S&P 500 into positive territory for the year. Markets got a boost from better-than-expected economic growth data in China and an upbeat industrial production report in the U.S., while positive earnings from Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) and Intel Corp. (INTC) lifted tech stocks.