Shares are set for a mostly higher open on Thursday, ahead of the results of the stress tests for banks.
* At 0901 GMT, futures for the Dow Jones and S&P 500 were up 0.3 percent; those for the Nasdaq were down 0.1 percent.
* The results of government stress tests of the ability of the 19 largest U.S. banks to weather a deep recession will be released at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) and are expected to show about half the banks need more capital.
* While the reported capital shortfalls so far are much larger than analysts had expected, bank shares soared on Wednesday as investors got more clarity over how well the industry will cope with perhaps the most severe recession since World War Two.
* Among banks needing capital, Bank of America Corp
* U.S. stocks were further boosted by a private sector reading on the labor market signaling that unemployment may be receding.
* The Dow Jones industrial average rose 1.2 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> climbed 1.7 percent; the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> added 0.3 percent.
* After the bell, Cisco Systems Inc
* Shares of Prudential Financial
* Shares of News Corp
* Weekly jobless numbers are due before the market opens, with analysts expecting a slight increase, 4,000, in initial claims to 635,000.
* American International Group
* Other companies due to report include General Motors
* The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top European shares was up 1.6 percent at 871.96 points, gaining for the seventh straight day, with an across-the-board rise on hopes of an economic recovery.
* Anheuser-Busch InBev
(Reporting by Brian Gorman)