Stock index futures rose on Thursday as investors awaited weekly data that will provide a measure of the health of the jobs market.
Weekly initial jobless claims are expected to show requests for jobless benefits edged up to 460,000 last week from 457,000, according to Reuters data. After last week's better-than-expected jobs report for November, investors are looking for a confirmation that job losses are stabilizing.
The data is due at 8:30 a.m., as is a report on international trade for October.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc
S&P 500 futures rose 5.40 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures gained 24 points, while Nasdaq 100 futures added 6.50 points.
Stocks ended higher on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar fell and investors' appetite for risk returned, lifting shares of financial, technology and natural resource companies.
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(Reporting by Leah Schnurr)