U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wednesday amid a deluge of data, on the last full trading day of Christmas week.
Higher oil prices helped support pre-market gains in stock index futures, ahead of crude inventory data due later in the morning.
Durable goods orders were unchanged in November. U.S. personal income rose 0.3 percent.
In the 12 months through November, the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index was up 0.4 percent after rising 0.2 percent in October, Reuters said. Excluding food and energy, prices nudged up 0.1 percent after being unchanged in October. The so-called core PCE price index rose 1.3 percent in the 12 months through November, for the 11th straight month.
U.S. consumer spending rose by 0.3 percent last month after holding steady in October, according to figures inadvertently released late on Tuesday by the Commerce Department. The data was originally due for release at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Treasury yields held near highs touched prior to the data releases, while the U.S. dollar held a touch higher against major world currencies, with the euro weaker near $1.091 as of 8:36 a.m., ET.