U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open Thursday, as investors braced themselves for news out of a slew of economic and political events.
Dow futures rose nearly 10 points, while S&P and Nasdaq futures climbed 2 points and 14 points, respectively.
The European Central Bank's governing council kept interest rates unchanged, as was widely expected. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter that the central bank has held rates steady at 0.00 percent. In a statement, the council said it is ready to increase its quantitative easing program if needed. ECB President Mario Draghi is scheduled to speak at about 8:30 a.m. ET.
U.S. investors will also be paying close attention to a testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, who is set to speak and answer questions in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee; marking the first time the former director will speak publically since being dismissed by President Donald Trump.