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US Treasurys mixed ahead of key House vote on health care

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U.S. government debt prices were mixed on Thursday as investors eyed data and the House's vote on a bill that could repeal and replace Obamacare.

Investors have been keeping a close eye on the vote as a prolonged battle on the health-care front could delay market-friendly measures, including tax reform and fiscal stimulus.

Expectations for such policies had been a boon for the stock market's postelection rally.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was slightly higher at around 2.414 percent, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond held flat at 3.026 percent. Yields move inversely to prices.

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In economic news, weekly jobless claims rose by 15,000 to 258,000, above the expected print of 240,000. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke at a conference in Washington, D.C., but did not comment on monetary policy.

New home sales hit a seven-month high last month, rising 6.1 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 592,000, topping expectations.

In oil markets, Brent crude traded at around $50.60 a barrel on Thursday, down 0.08 percent, while U.S. crude was around $47.74 a barrel, down 0.62 percent.

—CNBC's Fred Imbert contributed to this report.