Stock index futures fell on Thursday, pointing to a weaker start for Wall Street. By 0859 GMT (3:59 a.m. ET), futures for the Dow Jones industrial average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq slipped 0.2 to 0.3 percent.
The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims data at 1330 GMT. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast a total of 460,000 new filings compared with 469,000 in the prior week.
The Commerce Department releases January international trade figures. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast a $41.0 billion deficit compared with a $40.18 billion deficit in December.
Tech stocks may be in focus after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co <2330.TW> and AU Optronics <2409.TW> said they would boost their workforces this year. Their announcement provided further evidence the technology sector is recovering from last year's slump.
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U.S. regulators are stepping up their investigation into Google Inc's
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The cost overrun on the main engine for the Lockheed Martin Corp
Bank and technology shares lifted Wall Street on Wednesday on hopes a revival in business demand will boost corporate profits.
The Dow Jones <.DJI> edged up 2.95 points, or 0.03 percent, to end at 10,567.33. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 5.16 points, or 0.45 percent, to 1,145.61. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 18.27 points, or 0.78 percent, to 2,358.95.
(Reporting by Dominic Lau; Editing by Hans Peters)