U.S. stock index futures were higher Friday, a day after the S&P 500 logged its seventh-straight rally, following a batch up upbeat earnings reports and ahead of a key housing report.
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The closed higher for the seventh-consecutive session in the previous session after crossing above the 1,500 level for the first time since December 2007. (Read More: S&P Tops 1,500: Where the Market Goes From Here)
"Although the accommodative stance of the Fed's monetary policy is a powerful force which we think will exert further upward pressure on equity prices, we forecast the index to creep up only a little further – to 1,550 – by mid-year. What's more, we think it will be back down to its current level by the end of 2013," economists John Higgins and Paul Dales of Capital Economics said.
Among earnings, Procter & Gamble rose after the consumer goods manufacturer topped quarterly expectations and said this year's earnings should come in ahead of its earlier forecast and sales should rise at the higher end of its prior outlook.
Kimberly-Clark gained after the paper-based consumer products company reported quarterly results that edged past forecasts. In addition, the company handed in full-year 2013 earnings and revenue guidance that were mostly in line with Wall Street projections.
Tempur-Pedic soared after the mattress maker posted better-than-expected quarterly results, offsetting a downbeat earnings outlook for 2013. Meanwhile, smaller rival Select Comfort plunged after the company missed earnings and revenue forecasts and said its 2013 profit outlook was below Wall Street estimates.
In macroeconomics news, the Commerce Department will release new home sales for December at 10 am ET. Analysts will be watching to see if the recent recovery in the housing sector is sustained. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast a total of 385,000 sales, up from 377,000 in November.
"With homebuilders' sales expectations strong, we think that new home sales rose further last month," Paul Diggle, an economist at independent research firm Capital Economics said in a note on Thursday.
European shares traded higher after Germany's Ifo business climate index in January gained to its highest level in six months, providing further evidence of a turnaround after contracting late last year.
—By CNBC's JeeYeon Park (Follow JeeYeon on Twitter: @JeeYeonParkCNBC)
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