U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher following news that fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points to 1,959 in the first few minutes of trading Thursday.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 14 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,921. The Nasdaq composite edged down three points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,358.
Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note slipped to 2.57 percent.
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