US futures mixed before housing, jobs data

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are mixed before the releases of the latest figures on housing and jobs.

Dow Jones industrial futures are up 12 points to 14,420. S&P futures have lost 0.60 points to 1,548.50. Nasdaq futures are down 1.75 points to 2,783.50.

The Labor Department releases its weekly jobs report before the markets open Thursday. Economists expect the number of people applying for unemployment benefits ticked upward, but not enough to disrupt more favorable trends for workers.

The number of people applying for assistance fell last week by 10,000, driving the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, to the lowest level in nearly five years.

The National Association of Realtors reports on the sale of previously owned homes. Economists say those sales are at their highest level since November 2009.

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