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Dow futures rose about 100 points Thursday, one day after the 30-stock average surged 1.5% to close at a record high as falling bond yields and the newly passed Covid stimulus package spurred equity buying. The Nasdaq took a breather after Tuesday's nearly 3.7% rally. However, tech stocks, including Apple and Tesla, were popping in Thursday's premarket, sending Nasdaq futures up more than 200 points or 1.6%.

The 10-year Treasury yield fell again Thursday, trading around 1.5%, ahead of the government's weekly report on jobless claims, out at 8:30 a.m. ET. Economists expect 725,000 new filings for unemployment benefits last week. That would be down 20,000 from the prior week, when the Labor Department reported about 10 million people were still out of work through February. The agency also indicated that over 18 million continued to receive some form of unemployment compensation through Feb. 13.

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