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Initial jobless claims jumped last week from a post-Great Recession low, but the average during the previous month was the best since 2000 for the volatile but closely watched barometer of the labor market.
U.S. stock futures advanced after equities halted a four-day rally yesterday, as higher profit forecasts from companies including Caterpillar Inc. and a surprise gain in euro-area manufacturing boosted confidence in the global economy.
General Motors Co. (GM) reported third-quarter profit that beat estimates as recall expenses ebbed and North American customers flocked to pickups and sport-utility vehicles.
Mortgage rates in the U.S. declined, remaining at a 16-month low as more affordable borrowing costs fuel an increase in refinancing.