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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Jobless claims came in slightly higher than expected, TheStreet's Joe Deaux and "Mad Money" Research Director Nicole Urken discussed.

The data, released Thursday, came in at 350,000, slightly higher than the expected 340,000, a decline from last week's revised 362,000.

Urken reminded investors that since the number is weekly, it tends to be very volatile. However, she noted earnings results are more of a focus right now.

Ford Motor


beat on both the top and bottom lines, Deaux said. Urken added the company reported a pre-tax loss of $228 million in European operations, a steep decline from the $468 million it lost in the region in the same quarter last year. While shares are still up, the stock is off its highs after opening over $18.

Ford's not the only winner is Europe -- Spain reported its first positive quarter of GDP growth after posting nine consecutive quarters of decline, Deaux said.

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-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

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