U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open Thursday, with Wall Street jittery ahead of earnings from some industrial heavy weights and major tech firms.
Caterpillar surged nearly 5 percent ahead of the bell after posting first-quarter profit of $1.86 a share, well-above the estimated $1.35. The company also reported revenue of $12.7 billion, beating Wall Street's forecast of $12.38 billion.
3M fell more than 2 percent before the open after the company reported first-quarter earnings of $1.85 a share and revenue of $7.57 billion, both short of analysts' expectations. The company said its earnings were impacted by by a strong U.S. dollar, and it now expects full-year profit of between $7.80 and $8.10 per share, down from between $8 and $8.30.
General Motors dropped more than 3 percent in premarket trading after the company delivered quarterly profit and revenue that missed expectations. Weaker volume in Brazil and Russia hurt sales, as well as the impact of weakening currencies in South America due to the strong U.S. dollar.
PepsiCo delivered quarterly profits of 83 cents per share, besting Wall Street forecasts. The soft drink giant also posted revenue of $12.22 billion, slightly higher than analysts' expectations of $12.21 billion.
Procter & Gamble posted adjusted earnings per share of 92 cents, in line with analysts' expectations. Nevertheless, the Dow Jones component reported revenue of $18.14 billion, short of estimates. The company cited currency headwinds as a key contributor to the revenue miss.
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Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, and Coca-Cola CEO, Muhtar Kent, will be live on CNBC Thursday to discuss the results.