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US futures up on strong corporate earnings
Stock futures rise as strong US corporate earns roll in ahead of housing and jobs reports
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' U.S. corporate earnings are back in focus, sending stock futures higher on some strong results.

Wall Street is also expecting some positive jobs and housing numbers.

Dow Jones industrial average futures are up 11 points to 12,968 and Standard & Poor's 500 index futures are up 2 points at 1,380.3. Nasdaq composite futures are up 8.75 points to 2,703.25.

Shares of Southwest Airlines and Bank of America are rising after posting quarterly results Thursday. And the DuPont Co. says its profits are rising.

Later, the Labor Department is expected to report that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits is falling. And economists believe that the National Association of Realtors will report rising sales for previously occupied homes.

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