U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday eyed the release of several pieces of data and earnings and kept an eye on rising oil prices.
Brent crude traded at $50.35 a barrel, up 1.2 percent, while U.S. crude was at $50.08, up 1 percent.
The Commerce Department said on Thursday orders for durable goods jumped 3.4 percent last month, Reuters said. However, non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, fell 0.8 percent for a third-straight month after an upwardly revised 0.1 percent drop the prior month.
Initial jobless claims fell to a seasonally adjusted 268,000 for the week ended May 21.
Treasury yields edged off session lows, with the 2-year yield last around 0.89 percent. The U.S. dollar index traded mildly lower, with the euro near $1.117 and the yen around 110.05 yen against the greenback.
Pending home sales are due to come out at 10:00 a.m. ET.
St. Louis Fed president James Bullard said in a speech Thursday U.S. labor markets are relatively tight and may put upward pressure on inflation, adding there was a divergence between the financial market's expectations for U.S. interest rate rises and the median projections among Fed policymakers.