U.S. stock index futures pushed higher ahead of the open Friday as another batch of mostly positive earnings reports indicated that Wall Street could continue the previous day's aggressive 2 percent rally.
Ford Motor was the big story for the morning, posting earnings of 68 cents a sharethat easily outdistanced expectations. The automaker's shares gained 4.2 percent in premarket trading.
Dow component Verizon also beat expectations despite a drop in revenue. Shares gained 1.4 percent premarket. And former Dow component Honeywell reported earnings of 60 cents a share, ahead of estimates, and raised its outlook, sending its shares soaring 8.7 percent.
McDonald's posted profit that narrowly beat analyst estimates, but its shares fell 1.4 percent premarket. Microsoftbeat analyst estimates with its after-the-bell report Thursday, and its shares edged higher premarket.