Stock index futures indicated a positive open, helped by data showing that both the layoffs in October and the expected pace of job cuts improving.
Separate reports from ADP Employer Services and Challenger, Gray & Christmas respectively showed a loss of 203,000 jobs in October and planned layoffs in the month hitting a 19-month low.
Futures had been higher and added to their gains following the release of the numbers.
Earlier, the Mortgage Bankers Association said applications for home loans increasedafter interest rates slipped below 5 percent.
Elsewhere, Fed policymakers will conclude their two-day meeting by issuing a statement at about 2:15 pm New York time, and as usual, investors will be looking for any indications that the Fed is at least telegraphing when it might consider raising interest rates that are currently near zero and exiting the various measures instituted to deal with the financial crisis.