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    * Futures down: Dow 46 pts, S&P 4.5 pts, Nasdaq 9.5 pts. U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday as investors digested results from tech heavyweights, disappointing economic data from the euro zone and China, and ahead of weekly U.S. jobless claims figures.

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    The Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) said Thursday it had net income of $1.5 billion, or $1.18 a share, in the first quarter, up from $1.0 billion, or 79 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Operating per-share earnings came to 84 cents, ahead of the FactSet consensus of 76 cents. But sales fell to $12.4 billion from $14.5 billion, missing the FactSet consensus of $12.9 billion.

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    Updated from 6:52 a.m. Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, April 23: 1. -- U.S. stock futures were in the red Thursday as investors ready for earnings reports from Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and General Motors (GM), European stocks declined on Thursday after disappointing eurozone purchasing managers' data cast doubt about the strength of the region's recovery.

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    The broader market has fared relatively well despite the low expectations. Facebook (FB)   had a good day, the CNBC "Fast Money" traders said Wednesday. The stock was down over 2% in after-hours trading, but Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Capital, and Pete Najarian, co-founder of optionmonster.com and trademonster.com, think investors should buy the stock.

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    Oil prices climbed to their highest levels of the year on Thursday as tensions in the Middle East sparked supply concerns, while the boost from energy-related stocks helped U.S. equities shrug off a batch of soft economic data.

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    The drop in oil prices has helped plenty of consumers, but it's hurt Canada, an economy that's heavily dependent on oil production. Investments in Western Canada are declining by as much as one-third, said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

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    A closely watched Greek ETF on Wednesday scored its largest one-day gain in a month, bouncing back a day after slumping to levels last seen in June 2012.. The Global X FTSE Greek 20 ETF, a U.S.-listed exchange-traded fund that tracks 20 publicly traded Greek companies, closed up 4.4%. That was its biggest percentage rise since March 20, and its 16th- best gain since it launched in December 2011, according to FactSet data.

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    NEW YORK-- Treasury yields rose on Wednesday for a third trading day, gaining a total of 12.3 basis points this week--the largest three-day yield gain since Feb. 17.. Wednesday's selloff in the Treasury market was fueled by two main forces:. First, stronger-than-expected home price and existing-home sales data, which gave investors hope that the housing sector will rebound in 2015..

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    closed higher on Wednesday, with gains fueled by better-than-expected earnings and an upbeat report on existing- homes sales. The S&P 500 closed 10.66 points, or 0.5%, higher at 2,107.95. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 88.35 points, or 0.5%, to 18,038.07.

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    By Anora Mahmudova and Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch. Nasdaq stands 13 points away from an all-time high. U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday as better-than-expected earnings and an upbeat report on existing-homes sales fueled investor confidence.

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    Shares of Texas Instruments (TXN) were falling 6.5% to $54.94 in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the semiconductor design and manufacturing company missed analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the first quarter, and guided below estimates for the second quarter. Texas Instruments (TXN) reported earnings of 61 cents a share for the first quarter, below analysts' estimates of 62 cents a share.

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    Shares of Las Vegas Sands , the world's largest casino operator, fell 4.24% to $54 in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company reported first-quarter earnings that missed analysts' expectations. Las Vegas Sands (LVS) reported a decline in adjusted profit to 66 cents a share, less than the consensus estimate of 72 cents a share.

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    * McDonald's up on turnaround talk. * Yum Brands gains on year-end confidence. * Visa, MasterCard rise as China opportunity seen. * Nasdaq 13 points short of record high close. * Indexes close up: Dow 0.49 pct, S&P 0.51 pct, Nasdaq 0.42 pct. By Noel Randewich.

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    Shares of Facebook Inc  are declining, lower by 0.72% to $84.02 in after-hours trading Wednesday following the release of the social media giant's first quarter earnings results. For the first quarter, the company earned 42 cents per share, higher compared to the consensus estimate of 40 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.

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    EBay (EBAY) reported stronger-than-expected first-quarter earnings and sales late Wednesday, pushing its shares higher in after-hours trade. The online marketplace, expected to spin off PayPal later this year, reported net income of $626 million, or 51 cents a share, compared with a loss of $2.3 billion, or $1.82 a share, in the year-earlier period. Excluding one-time items, the company reported non-GAAP earnings of $943 million, or 77 cents a share, compared with an adjusted profit of...

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    Shares of Facebook (FB) fell less than 1% in after-hours trade Wednesday, after the social network company reported a first-quarter profit that beat expectations but missed on sales. Facebook (FB) reported a net income of $512 million, or 18 cents per share, up from $642 million, or 25 cents per share in the year-earlier period. Adjusted earnings per share were 42 cents, above the FactSet consensus of 41 cents.