Earnings lift market at open, averages mixed after home sales data Stock futures improved throughout the pre-market trading session, helped in part by better than expected jobless claims data and a barrage of earnings reports both last night and this morning. Weekly jobless claims fell below 300K, but the Labor Department cautioned that this is a typical period of volatility. Last night and this morning were particularly heavy earnings reporting days and the reports on balance had given confidence to buy shares in the early going. A just released report showed that June new home sales fell 8.1% to a 406K rate and the prior month was downwardly revised. Following the home sales data, the Dow is up 4 points, the Nasdaq is up 2 points and the S&P is down 1 point.