U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slight increase in equities on Thursday after the Dow Jones Industrial average index <.DJI> pierced the 10,000 level in the previous session.
At 5.13 a.m. EDT, futures for the S&P 500 index, the Dow Jones Industrial average and Nasdaq were up 0.03 percent to 0.1 percent.
European shares were 0.4 percent higher on Thursday at 0851 GMT, with technology and financial stocks the biggest gainers.
Banking stocks will be in focus, with Goldman Sachs
Analysts in a Reuters poll expect Goldman Sachs to earn $4.20 per share compared to $1.81 a year ago. Goldman Sachs
Technology companies could be in the spotlight, with IBM
Advanced Micro Devices
Analysts in a Reuters poll expect Harley-Davidson
The Labor Department releases the September Consumer Price Index (CPI) at 8.30 a.m. EDT. Economists in a Reuters survey expect prices to have risen 0.2 percent compared with a 0.4 percent rise in August.
The New York Federal Reserve releases its Empire State Manufacturing Survey for October. Economists in a Reuters survey expect a reading of 18.00 compared with 18.88 in September.
Shares of Xilinx Inc
The Dow Jones Industrial Average index <.DJI> pierced the 10,000 level on Wednesday for the first time in a year on surprisingly robust company results from JPMorgan Chase & Co
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 1.5 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> gained 1.8 percent and the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> put on 1.5 percent.
(Reporting by Joanne Frearson; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)