U.S. stock futures ticked up on Thursday, suggesting a cautiously positive start for stocks ahead of the closely-watched nonfarm payrolls report, as the Greek crisis takes a back seat for now.
The June jobs data, due out at 08:30 a.m. ET, is released a day early this month due to Friday's Independence Day holiday.
Analysts polled by Reuters estimate the U.S. economy created 230,000 new jobs compared with 280,000 in May, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent.
Mitul Kotecha, head of currency strategy, Asia Pacific at Barclays, told CBNC that he was expecting a payrolls number of 250,000 – stronger than the consensus.
"A lot of indicators have been suggesting a continued improvement in the jobs market," he said on Thursday. "We're expecting wage growth of 0.2 percent (month-on-month), not dramatic but it is moving in the right direction and should be sufficient for the Fed (U.S. Federal Reserve) to lift off on rates in September."