Wall Street was set for a lower start on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq futures were down 0.4 to 1 percent at 1010 GMT.
Earnings news is likely to be in the spotlight, with fourth-quarter results expected from Expedia Inc.
After the market close on Wednesday network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc's
After the bell Whole Foods Market Inc
Looking at economic news, investors will watch the U.S. weekly jobless claims at 1330 GMT, with economists in a Reuters survey forecasting a total of 410,000 new filings compared with 415,000 in the prior week.
At 1500 GMT is the release of U.S. Wholesale Inventories for December, with economists in a Reuters survey forecast inventories to rise 0.7 percent versus a November decrease of 0.2 percent.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Google Inc
According to two people familiar with the matter, wireless operator Clearwire Corp
On Thursday Republican lawmakers at a hearing plan to scrutinize new costs for manufacturers, farmers and other types of end user businesses that use derivatives to hedge their risks. The upcoming regulation on capital and margin requirements is a key concern.
The computer security firm McAfee Inc
On Wednesday, investors took profits after a recent rise in U.S. stocks, but a late-hour rally in Bank of America shares helped the Dow squeeze out its eighth straight day of gains.
European stocks fell 0.9 percent hit by weaker-than-expected earnings news from Swiss bank Credit Suisse
(Reporting by Joanne Frearson; Editing by Hans Peters)