U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday in the wake of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, which had no new plans to tighten Wall Street oversight, and after strong results from Procter & Gamble and Ford.
* Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's nomination for a second term faces a decisive day in the Senate on Thursday, when his confirmation vote looks set to go ahead.
* In the speech, Obama put job creation at the top of his agenda, and while pledging tough new rules for Wall Street, he said he was not interested in punishing banks, backing off from fiery rhetoric.
* He promised not to abandon his struggle to overhaul healthcare, placing stocks in related sectors in the spotlight.
* S&P 500 futures rose 6.3 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration of the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures gained 37 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures added 6.25 points.
* Procter & Gamble Co
* Dow components 3M Co
* Investors looked ahead to a new round of economic data. Weekly initial jobless claims are seen falling from the prior week, while December durable good orders are expected to rise. The National Activity index for December is also on tap, with all the data scheduled for release at 8:30 a.m. EST.
* Overseas, Nokia Corp
* Late Wednesday, Qualcomm Inc
* Bernanke's nomination for a second term faces a decisive day in the Senate on Thursday. Polls show he has a majority needed to overcome efforts to block his nomination.
* U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after the Fed pledged to keep interest rates near zero, and Apple Inc
(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)