Futures for May crude oil contracts at the New York Mercantile Exchange were sliding 20 cents to $96.38 a barrel.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury was dropping 3/32, boosting the yield to 1.858%. The dollar was slipping 0.12%, according to the U.S. dollar index .

In corporate news, BlackBerry ( UAL) reported Thursday a surprise fourth-quarter profit and said it expects to break even next quarter, as the company continues to cut costs and implement its turnaround strategy. Shares of the company were effective unchanged in premarket trades.

Red Hat ( RHT) shares were losing 3.4% to $49.97 in premarket hours on Thursday after the company posted on Wednesday a slight miss on fourth-quarter revenue, but saw earnings rise. The software solutions corporation said it earned 36 cents a share on revenue of $348 million. Analysts were looking for earnings of 30 cents a share on revenue of $349.4 million.

PVH ( PVH) said Wednesday that fourth-quarter earnings hit $1.60, a jump of more than double the same time a year ago. Shares of the company lost 4.5% to $107.70 after it announced adjusted 2013 earnings of just $7 a share, which was lower than analysts' expectations of $7.40 a share. Shares were down 3.4% to $108.95 in premarket action.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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