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Long-term mortgage interest rates continued lower Thursday, and the benchmark 10-year Treasury bond yield dipped to 3.89 percent. The 30-year fixed-rate average sank to 5.66 percent, and the 15-year fixed rate slid to 5.17 percent. The 1-year adjustable rate was down at 5.4 percent. The 30-year Treasury bond yield edged up to 4.37 percent. Rates and bonds are current as of 7:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Mortgage rate figures are according to Bankrate.com, which publishes nightly averages based on its survey of 4,000 banks in 50 states. Points on these mortgages range from zero to 3.5. In other economic news, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 12.76 points, or 0.1 percent, finishing at 13,056.72. The Nasdaq lost 6.95 points, or 0.27 percent, closing at 2,602.68. Stock figures...