Around 6:55 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 15 points, indicating a higher open of 18.38 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures also pointed to slight gains at the open.
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Aside from fresh earnings, new economic data is due out too. At 8:30 a.m. ET, jobless claims are scheduled to be released, followed by the U.S. composite purchasing managers’ index figures at 9:45 a.m. ET, and the Kansas City Fed survey at 11 a.m. ET.
Another economic topic set to commence on Thursday is a central bank meeting in Europe. Before the U.S. opening bell, the European Central Bank will host its latest governing council meeting, which will be watched closely after the institution announced last month that it would formally end its multi-trillion bond-buying program at the end of 2018.
This gathering comes less than a week before the U.S. Federal Reserve’s meeting.
Elsewhere, politics continues to add jitters to markets, whether that’s international woes surrounding Brexit or more domestic concerns such as trade talks with China.
In the latest surrounding the topic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Democrats would block President Donald Trump from delivering his State of the Union address until the government reopened — an announcement that Trump complied with.
On Thursday, the Senate is slated to vote on a pair of bills, which could lead to terminating the month-long partial shutdown – that is, if they are passed.