NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock futures were mixed on Thursday after the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since February.

KEEPING SCORE: Dow Jones industrial average futures fell four points to 16,507 as of 8:57 a.m. Eastern time. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures are little changed at 1,877 and Nasdaq futures are up five points, or 0.2 percent, to 3,578. vJOBLESS CLAIMS: The Labor Department says a seasonally adjusted 344,000 people applied for unemployment benefits last week, up 14,000 from the previous week and the most since late February.

DISH NATION: Dish climbed $3.14, or 5.5 percent, to $60 in pre-market trading after the Wall Street Journal reported that AT&T had approached the satellite TV company about a possible acquisition. A deal would likely be worth about $40 billion, the Journal reported.

TREASURYS AND COMMODITIES: Government bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was at 2.65 percent. The price of oil fell 87 cents, or 0.9 percent, to $98.88.