U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Friday, with data and oil set to be on the agenda as traders look ahead to the start of 2017.
Hoping to end 2016 on a high note, all major U.S. indexes pointed to a slightly higher open early on Friday, however hopes of the Dow Jones Industrial Average topping 20,000 before the year ends remains slim, after it closed lower on Thursday, at 19,819.78.
On the last trading day of the year, Friday will see the release of the latest Chicago PMI data, due out at 9.45 a.m. ET. No bond auctions are set to take place by the U.S. Treasury.
On the oil front, crude futures posted slight gains on Friday, as investors wait patiently for the OPEC, non-OPEC supply deal to kick in, due to start January 1, 2017.
Amid another light year-end trading season, European stocks kicked off its final trading day of 2016 by trading lower on Friday morning.