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Stocks were facing a slightly higher open Thursday as traders prepared to try and extend Wall Street's winning streak to a fifth session.

Futures on the

S&P 500

were up 0.7 points to 1329.80, trading around 2 points above fair value. Nasdaq 100 futures were higher by about 0.8 points at 1643.50 and were 1 point ahead of fair value.

On Wednesday, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose 45.23 points, or 0.39%, to 11,543.32, and the S&P 500 tacked on 4.96 points, or 0.38%, to 1318.07. The

Nasdaq Composite

added 11.85 points, or 0.53%, to 2227.67.


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surged 2.8% and helped lift the Dow, but a day later UBS cut its rating on the planemaker to reduce from neutral and lowered its price target on the stock by $11 to $74.


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was in the headlines again, as

The Detroit News

reported that based on internal forecasts, the automaker believes its worldwide car operations could lose nearly $6 billion this year. The report went on to say that Ford overall might lose up to $9 billion including restructuring costs.

After the close


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, a chipmaker, lowered its guidance for fiscal second-quarter sales, citing weaker-than-expected results from the Asia-Pacific region.

Away from stocks, oil prices were firming for a second day. The October crude contract was lately gaining 50 cents to $64.47 a barrel. Most other energy prices were higher as well.

Gold futures added $3.70 to $600 an ounce, and silver was up 23 cents to $11.43 an ounce.