U.S. stock-index futures declined on Thursday, following a global rally after the release of the Federal Reserve's dovish minutes from September.
"To say these minutes were dovish is, based on the equity market reaction, an understatement… These minutes serve to further shut down those calling for a hike in 2015's first four months," Dan Greenhaus, a strategist at BTIG, said in a morning note.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury yield dropped below 2.3 percent.
The government reported initial jobless claims of 287,000, just under the 294,000 estimate.
Apple gained in early New York trading after Carl Icahn called on the consumer-technology company to accelerate its share repurchases.