U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Thursday, as investors geared up for a slew of economic data, while keeping a close eye on oil and the political space. Thursday also market the last day of trading in August.
Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 55 points, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures advanced 5.5 points and 12.75 points, respectively.
Entering Thursday's session, the Dow was on track to post a slight monthly gain, while the Nasdaq was up 0.3 percent in August. The S&P, however, was down 0.5 percent in the time period.
On Thursday, investors were greeted by a cluster of new data.