U.S. stock index futures added to their losses across the board Thursday following a mixed batch of economic reports and as investors continued to gauge when the Federal Reserve might start to reduce its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases.
On the economic front, weekly jobless claims fell 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, hitting the lowest level in nearly six years, according to the Labor Department. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a reading of 335,000.
Meanwhile, New York state's manufacturing sector growth slowed to 8.24 in August from 9.46 in July, according to the latest report from the New York Federal Reserve. Economists had projected a reading of 10. A reading above zero indicates expansion in the sector.
And industrial production was unchanged in July as a decline in manufacturing output and utilities counteracted an uptick in mining activity, according to the Federal Reserve. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a gain of 0.3 percent.
Consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent in July, matching expectations, according to the Labor Department.