Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 up 0.1 to 0.3 percent.
* News Corp
* The Labor Department releases at 1230 GMT first-time claims for jobless benefits for the week ended June 25. Economists forecast a total of 420,000 new filings compared with 429,000 in the prior week.
* AMR Corp's
* The Institute for Supply Management-New York releases at 1230 GMT June index of regional business activity. In May, the
index read 534.0.
* At 1345 GMT, the Institute of Supply Management Chicago releases June index of manufacturing activity. Economists in a
Reuters survey forecast a June reading of 54.0 compared with 56.6 in May.
* Greece's government expects to pass a second austerity bill on Thursday to pull the country back from default by securing more EU and IMF funds.
* The Federal Reserve ends its $600 billion bond-buying program, known as QE2, on Thursday and has yet to offer any hints of more monetary easing to come.
* Eli Lilly and Co
* Companies reporting results include Apollo Group
* The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 72.73 points, or 0.60 percent, to 12,261.42 on Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 10.74 points, or 0.83 percent, to 1,307.41. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> added 11.18 points, or 0.41 percent, to 2,740.49.
* The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top shares was up 0.2 percent on Thursday, while Japan's Nikkei average <.N225> closed 0.2 percent higher.
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)