The U.S. stock market is opening slightly higher as several big companies across industries report second-quarter earnings.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose two points, or 0.02 percent, to 17,089 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index also added two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,988. The Nasdaq advanced 10 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,484.
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Facebook rose 7.4 percent after beating expectations for earnings. The world's largest social media company said late Wednesday that it earned $788 million in the April-June period.
Ford's stock advanced 1.5 percent. It reported second-quarter earnings early Thursday that climbed 6 percent on gains in Europe.
The Labor Department said weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. That's the lowest reading since February 2006.