U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Thursday after the release of stronger-than-expected employment data.
Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 100 points, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures gained 7.75 points and 30.75 points, respectively. The Dow was also indicated to open near 25,000.
The U.S. private sector added 250,000 jobs in December, according to a report from ADP and Moody's Analytics. Economists polled by Reuters expected a gain of 190,000.
Other economic data set for release Thursday include the services purchasing managers' index (PMI) at 9:45 a.m. ET. These reports will be followed by the Labor Department's monthly jobs report, which is set for release on Friday.
The first week of the year has already shown 2018 to be beneficial for U.S. markets, with the S&P 500 closing above 2,700 for the first time Wednesday, and other stocks reaching all-time highs during trade.