U.S. stock-index futures signaled a mildly higher open on Thursday, with multiple big names reporting earnings before Wall Street opens.
Stock futures held mild gains after the government reported 304,000 Americans filed for jobless benefits last week, less than the 315,000 estimated by analysts.
The dollar fell against other currencies while the 10-year Treasury yield rose 3 basis points to 2.659 percent.
Crude-oil futures for May delivery held steady at $103.76 a barrel; gold futures for June delivery fell 80 cents to $1,302.70 an ounce.
Thursday is the final trading day of the week, as markets will be closed on Good Friday. Dow-listed companies slated to report first-quarter results early during the day include Goldman Sachs and United Health.
Goldman Sachs reported an 11 percent drop in first-quarter profit, but shares rose as the brokerage's results still surpassed estimates. United Health also reported a decline in first-quarter earnings, with its results too exceeding expectations. Chipotle Mexican Grill shares rallied after the burrito chain tallied first-quarter sales that beat expectations.
General Electric, Morgan Stanley and PepsiCo set the tone early with profit that beat expectations. GE narrowly beat the Street, as Morgan and Pepsi easily surpassed analysts projections. DuPont matched profit estimates, yet saw earnings plummet by more than half as it lost the one-time boost from the sale of its coating business.