Wall Street was set to rise on Thursday, extending a rally into a third day, on optimism that European policymakers are making progress in their efforts to help shore up troubled banks.
* At 0851 GMT, futures for the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 were up between 0.7 and 0.9 percent.
* The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of leading European shares was up 1.8 percent at 932.99 points, ahead of interest rate and policy decisions from the European Central Bank and Bank of England.
* The STOXX Europe 600 Banking Index <.SX7P> rose 3.6 percent, extending gains after the European Union's executive proposed member states carry out a co-ordinated recapitalization of banks.
* Shares in Apple
* Initial jobless claims are expected to rise to 410,000 for the week ended October 1, up from 391,000. Continuing claims are seen rising slightly to 3.72 million from 3.71 million. The data comes ahead of Friday's all-important non-farm payrolls.
* Constellation Brands
* On Wednesday, U.S. shares rose a second day, continuing a recovery from a slump that had seen the S&P 500 enter bear-market territory.
* The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 1.2 percent; the S&P 500 <.SPX> added 1.8 percent; the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> rose 2.3 percent.
(Reporting by Brian Gorman; Editing by David Hulmes)