Stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street on Thursday with futures for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones up 0.3 percent, while Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.1 percent at 4:08 a.m. EDT.
The corporate and economic calendars were light on Thursday other than jobless benefits claims data and trading volumes could be thin ahead of the Good Friday holiday.
The Labor Department releases first-time claims for jobless benefits for the week ended March 30 at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT). Economists in a Reuters survey forecast a total of 355,000 new filings compared with 359,000 in the prior week.
Ford Motor Co
JPMorgan Chase & Co
Delta Airlines DAL.N, struggling with high fuel costs, is considering a bid for ConocoPhillips'
Quest Software Inc's
The world's largest branded wine maker, Constellation Brands
The services sector in China, the world's second-largest economy, expanded solidly in March and business confidence hit an 11-month high, though overall activity remained below its long-term average, a private sector survey of purchasing managers showed on Thursday.
European shares rose early on Thursday, snapping a two-session slide, with investors tempted back into the market after the FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> hit a support level where buyers have returned in the past.
Japan's Nikkei <.N225> ended down 0.5 percent on Thursday, hurt by renewed concerns about Europe's funding difficulties after a weak Spanish debt auction and by fading hopes for additional stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The benchmark is still up more than 15 percent this year.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> fell 124.80 points, or 0.95 percent, to 13,074.75 on Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> tumbled 14.42 points, or 1.02 percent, to 1,398.96. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> dropped 45.48 points, or 1.46 percent, to 3,068.09. Volume was light.
(Reporting By Francesco Canepa; Editing by Susan Fenton)