Futures for the Dow Jones industrial average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 were up between 0.1 and 1 percent, pointing to a stronger start on Wall Street on Friday.
European equities advanced for a sixth straight session to hit a fresh 11-month high, with financial shares extending recent gains and miners rising on global economic recovery hopes.
At 8:30 a.m. EDT, the Labor Dept. releases import-export prices for August. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast a 1 percent rise in import prices and a 0.1 percent increase in exports. In July, import prices fell 0.7 percent, and export prices were down 0.3 percent.
The Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers releases preliminary September consumer sentiment index at 9:55 a.m. EDT. Economists in a Reuters survey expect a reading of 67.3 compared with 65.7 in the final August report.
At 10 a.m. EDT, the Commerce Dept. releases wholesale inventories and sales for July. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast inventories to fall 1 percent and sales to rise 0.5 percent. In June, inventories were down 1.7 percent and sales rose 0.4 percent.
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Thursday a strengthening economy means the government can end some of the extraordinary support it put in place for markets and prepare for a slow recovery.
Appearing before the Congressional Oversight Panel for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, Geithner said the economy was in far better shape now than a year ago when it was on the verge of collapse, though it still had problems.
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U.S. stocks gained for a fifth straight session on Thursday, their longest string of gains since November, as a bright outlook from consumer product company Procter & Gamble and a successful Treasury bond auction boosted investors' confidence.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was up 0.8 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> gained 1 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 1.2 percent.
(Reporting by Joanne Frearson, editing by Will Waterman)