U.S. stock index futures edged off their best levels Thursday following a handful of weaker-than-expected economic news.
Weekly jobless claims increased 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 380,000, according to the Labor Department. Economists had forecast claims falling to 355,000, according to a Reuters poll. The four-week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends, rose 4,250 to 368,500.
Producer prices was unchanged in March as a drop in gasoline costs offset rising food prices, according to the Labor Department. Economists surveyed by Reuters had expected a gain of 0.3 percent.
Meanwhile, trade deficit narrowed unexpectedly by 12.4 percent to $46.0 billion in February, according to the Commerce Department. And exports gained to a record $181.2 billion.
Stock snapped their 5-day losing streak in the previous session, lifted by Alcoa’s better-than-expected earnings report.
In company news, AT&T rose more than 1 percent after JPMorgan upgraded the telecom giant to "overweight" from "neutral," with a $33 price target.