U.S. stock futures were higher this morning after stocks managed to rally before the close Wednesday. That gave the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq their fifth gains in six sessions, and made up for at least part of Tuesday's losses. (CNBC)
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Apple (AAPL) cut more than 200 employees from its autonomous vehicle group known as Project Titan, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke to CNBC. A spokesperson said the company still sees opportunity in the market.
The European Central Bank will issue an interest rate decision at 7:45 a.m. ET. Here in the U.S., the Labor Department is out with its weekly report on initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Energy Department releases its usual Thursday look at natural gas inventories at 10:30 a.m. ET. (CNBC)
Earnings reports out this morning include American Airlines (AAL), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) and Southwest Airlines (LUV). Dow component Intel (INTC) and Starbucks (SBUX) lead today's list of after-the-bell earnings reports. (CNBC)