Rates inched higher Thursday as stronger than expected Jobless Claims boosted stocks and hurt mortgage-backed securities. Weekly Jobless Claims fell to 323,000, below the consensus forecast of 340,000, to the lowest level since late November. Fourth quarter Productivity was revised lower to 1.8%. January Factory Orders fell 0.7%, below expectations, and December’s figures were revised lower. No other key data will be released today. The closely-watched Employment Report for February will be released tomorrow at 8:30 AM.