U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Thursday morning as traders eyed a big batch of data and continued to digest the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to increase interest rates.
Weekly initial jobless claims fell to 241,000. Housing starts rose in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.288 million, more than expected. The Philly Fed Index also topped forecasts at 32.8 for March.
Treasury yields edged higher, with the 2-year yield last near 1.33 percent and the 10-year yield around 2.52 percent. Yields dropped sharply on Wednesday after the Fed raised rates but signaled a less aggressive stance going forward than markets expected.
The U.S. dollar index traded slightly lower, with the euro around $1.072 and the yen near 113.3.
JOLTS data is set to come out at 10:00 a.m. ET.
In Europe the pan European Stoxx 600 Index was around 0.6 percent higher on Thursday morning.
In oil markets, Brent crude traded at around $52.05 a barrel on Thursday morning, up 0.44 percent, while U.S. crude was around $49.10 a barrel, up 0.24 percent.