Wall Street is set for a slightly lower open on Thursday, giving back some of the gains from the previous session, when the Federal Reserve boosted equities by saying it was likely to keep interest rates near zero until at least late 2014.
At 4:21 a.m. ET, futures for the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 were down between 0.1 and 0.3 percent.
The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of leading European shares was up 0.3 percent at 1,042.50 points, with miners higher on stronger copper prices, which were boosted by the Fed's statement, as were oil prices.
The euro was near five-week highs at $1.3110 though little changed on closing New York levels.
U.S. initial jobless claims are seen correcting up to 370,000 from 352,000 the week before, mostly from the smaller seasonal factor in the week ended January 21 after a reading where claims sunk to a nearly 4-year low. Claims just dropped 50,000 as they worked their way back from a reading that historically sees a rise in the first week of a new year. The data is due at 8:30 a.m ET.
The transportation sector could be a big wildcard for December durable goods, but is seen exerting only a modest drag, pulling the headline down to a 2.0 percent gain from 3.7 percent the month before, according to a Reuters poll of 69 economists.
Other companies reporting include Caterpillar
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The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 0.7 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index gained 0.9 percent, the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> ended 1.1 percent higher.
Stanley Black and Decker
(Reporting by Brian Gorman. Editing by Jane Merriman)