U.S. stock index futures edged higher Friday, looking to extend the previous session's gains, as investors waited for a handful of economic reports later this morning.
Economic reports on tap include the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey at 9.55 am ET. Analysts polled by Briefing.com expected a reading of 73.0, up from 72.5 in January.
And the Commerce Department releases new home sales for January at 10:00 am ET. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast a total of 315,000 annualized units, against 307,000 in December.
Stocks finished higher in the previous session, helped by a strong report on Germany's economy and a better-than-expected jobless claims news.
China’s Proview, which has been suing Apple over the use of the iPad name, brought the court battle to U.S. shores, filing suit in a California court.
JC Penney gained after the clothing retailer reported earnings that topped estimates.