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US stock futures point to higher open amid data, earnings

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Thursday as traders eyed a big day of earnings, data and Federal Reserve speakers.

On the earnings front Coca-Cola, Twitter, Kellogg and Viacom are among companies that reported before the bell. Activision Blizzard, Expedia, News Corp., Western Union and Yelp are due to report after the bell. reported earlier Thursday.

On the data front, initial jobless claims totaled 234,000, down 12,000, with wholesale trade set to come out at 10 a.m. ET.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Chicago Fed President Charles Evans are set to speak at 9:05 a.m. ET and 1:10 p.m. ET respectively.

In Europe, the pan European Stoxx 600 Index was around 0.38 percent higher on Thursday.