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US stock futures hold flat amid GDP and jobless claims data; Street eyes Fed speakers

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Thursday as traders digested a few pieces of data and awaited Federal Reserve speakers.

Initial jobless claims fell by 3,000 to 258,000. Meanwhile, the final read on fourth-quarter GDP showed growth of 2.1 percent, above a preliminary read of 1.9 percent.

San Francisco Fed President John Williams is slated to speak at 11:00 a.m. ET, while Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan will speak at 3:00 p.m. ET. New York Fed President William Dudley is due to speak at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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In Europe, the pan-European Stoxx 600 Index was around 0.06 percent higher on Thursday.

In oil markets, Brent crude traded at around $52.58 a barrel on Thursday, up 0.3 percent, while U.S. crude was around $49.83 a barrel, up 0.63 percent.