U.S. stock-index futures pointed to a mildly higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with initial jobless claims rising by 28,000 to 326,000 last week and he four-week average falling by 1,000 to 322,500.
Stock futures held slight gains after the Labor Department report, while the U.S. dollar gained against currency rivals and the 10-year Treasury yield held at 2.537 percent.
Best Buy reported first-quarter earnings that beat estimates but revenue fell short of forecasts, with shares of the electronics retailer edging lower in early New York trading. Sears Holdings also declined after reporting a larger loss for the first quarter as the struggling retailer failed to halt a decline in sales. Hess shares gained in pre-market trade after refiner Marathon Petroleum said it would pay about $2.87 billion for the oil and gas producer's retail business.