U.S. stock-index futures maintained Thursday gains, with the S&P 500 in position to halt a three-session slide, its longest such streak in eight weeks, after economic data had fewer Americans than expected filing for jobless claims last week, while producer prices were as expected in October.
The government initial jobless claims last week fell to 323,000, versus expectations for 335,000. And the October Producer Price Index, or PPI, fell 0.2 percent. Excluding food and energy, it climbed 0.2 percent.
At 10 a.m., the Philadelphia Fed index, which measures changes in business growth, will be released.
On Wednesday, stocks fell after minutes published from the Federal Reserve's October meeting showed officials generally in agreement that believed economic conditions would pave the way for a reduction in asset purchases in months ahead.
Shares in Europe and Asia had fallen after weak Chinese manufacturing data and ongoing fears of an imminent reduction in U.S. stimulus measures.