Futures for the Dow Jones industrial average, the Nasdaq 100 and the S&P 500 share indexes are up 0.3-0.6 percent, pointing to a higher start on Wall Street on Friday.
The Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers preliminary March consumer sentiment index, due at 1355 GMT (9:55 a.m. EDT), is forecast at 55.0 in March, against February's final reading of 56.3.
Clothing retailer American Apparel Inc
U.S. stocks rose for a third day on Thursday on relief that a ratings cut by S&P in General Electric was just one notch and that no further cuts loomed, while retail sales data showed some stabilization in consumer spending.
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by Greg Mahlich)