Dow Jones futures rose 0.6 percent, S&P 500 futures were up 0.5 percent and Nasdaq futures traded 0.6 percent higher early on Thursday morning, suggesting benchmark U.S. equity indexes would open higher.
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Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is due to testify on that acquisition before the committee at 10 a.m. EDT.
Also among financials, Barclays on Thursday cut its Q2 earnings per share estimate for Goldman Sachs
Investors were also likely to continue to digest the outcome of the Fed's two-day interest rate policy meeting, which ended on Wednesday with the central bank sticking to its program of buying government and mortgage debt and saying it saw signs the U.S. recession was easing.
Blue-chip stocks on the move after Wall Street's closing bell on Wednesday included sport goods maker Nike
Other notable after-the-bell movers were Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Four S&P 500 companies are scheduled to report quarterly results on Thursday: Lennar Corporation
Economic data include final Q1 GDP and corporate profits as well as weekly jobless claims, all at 1230 GMT, and the Kansas City Fed's June manufacturing survey at 1500 GMT (11 a.m. EDT).
Europe's benchmark FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> was down 0.
(Reporting by Peter Starck; editing by John Stonestreet)