U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Thursday as traders digested retail earnings and awaited economic data.
Macy's beat expectations on both the top and bottom line, sending its stock up more than 10 percent in the premarket. Alibaba and Kohl's also reported quarterly results that beat estimates. Nordstrom, Petrobras and Ruby Tuesday are set to report after the markets close
On the data front, U.S. import prices rose 0.1 percent last month, while weekly jobless claims fell 1,000 to 266,000. Thursday will also see the auction of $15 billion in 30-year bonds.