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US stock futures mixed amid earnings deluge

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Thursday after the Dow closed above 20,000 points for the first time in the previous session.

Traders kept an eye on several corporate quarterly results. Biogen, NBCUniversal parent Comcast, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Caterpillar, Fiat Chrysler and Ford reported before the bell.

Alphabet, Intel, Microsoft, Paypal and Starbucks are among companies due to report after the bell.

On the data front, initial jobless claims jumped 22,000 to 259,000.

The Markit services PMI data are also set to come out at 9:45 a.m. ET. Leading indicators and new home sales are set to be released at 10 a.m.

In Europe, the pan European Stoxx 600 Index was 0.3 percent higher on Thursday.