U.S. stock index futures were lower ahead of the open Thursday as investors looked to the next batch of corporate earnings to give direction to the trading day.
Nokia was among the biggest market weights in the morning after the telecommunications company reported profit that was lower than expected and a weak outlook for margins. Analysts had been expecting a strong report, and shares tumbled 13 percent in premarket trading on the disappointment.
Futures held their losses after government reports showed weekly jobless posting an expected drop after three weeks of gains and core inflation still tame.
The major indexes closed flat at the end of Wednesday's session. But eBay and Qualcomm also disappointed investors with their outlooks. Starbucksshares moved higher after hours on strong earnings.