US stocks slip in early trading as more people seek US unemployment benefits

The stock market is opening lower as shares of energy companies slip.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 69 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,999 as of 9:33 a.m. Eastern time Thursday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index eased seven points, also 0.4 percent, to 1,988. The Nasdaq composite slipped 14 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,572.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note slipped to 2.52 percent from 2.54 late Wednesday.