NEW YORK -- Stock futures are rising ahead of weekly report on jobless claims and reports on retail sales from major U.S. store chains.
Dow futures are up 46 points to 13,472. The broader S&P 500 futures are up 6 points to 1,451. Nasdaq futures are up 13 points to 2,821.
Investors are also awaiting news from the monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank. The ECB left its main interest rate from the current record low of 0.75 percent.
The U.S. government data on claims for unemployment benefits comes a day before its closely watched monthly employment report.
Stocks across Europe were marginally higher ahead of ECB head Mario Draghi's news conference, which is being held in Slovenia, one of the euro's 17 countries.