Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.3 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.2 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.2 percent.
Investors were bracing for data on weekly jobless claims as well as on trade data for October.
Tech shares will be in the spotlight after top contract chip maker TSMC <2330.TW>
Advanced Micro Devices
AMD shares traded in Frankfurt
Diversified U.S. manufacturer Pall Corp
Pall shares traded in Frankfurt
Wireless tower firm American Tower Corp
General Electric Co
U.S. foreclosure activity fell in November for the fourth month running, but improvement from July's record high came from loan modification programs that may fail to permanently remedy many failing mortgages, real estate data company RealyTrac said on Thursday.
Japan's Nikkei average fell 1.4 percent on Thursday after a recent sharp rebound, as a stronger yen pressured shares of exporters, while European stocks were up 0.7 percent in morning trade, snapping a three-session losing streak, in a broad rally led by banking shares.
Oil hovered below $71 a barrel on Thursday, after falling more than 2 percent in the previous session following U.S. government inventory data highlighting the weak state of demand in the world's top energy consumer.
U.S. stocks ended higher on Wednesday as the dollar fell and investors' appetite for risk returned, lifting shares of financial, technology and natural resource companies.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> ended up 51.08 points, or 0.50 percent, to 10,337.05. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 3.95 points, or 0.36 percent, to 1,095.89. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 10.74 points, or 0.49 percent, to 2,183.73.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Rupert Winchester)