LONDON, March 14 U.S. stock index futures
pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with
futures for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the
Nasdaq 100 up 0.2 to 0.3 percent.
* The Labor Department releases first-time claims for
jobless benefits for the week ended March 9 at 1230 GMT.
Economists in a Reuters survey forecast a total of 350,000 new
filings, compared with 340,000 in the prior week.
* The Labor Department also releases the February Producer
Price Index at 1230 GMT. Economists forecast a 0.7 percent rise
in PPI compared with a 0.2 percent increase in January.
Excluding volatile food and energy items, PPI is expected to
rise 0.2 percent, a repeat of the January increase.
* Apple Inc marketing chief Phil Schiller attacked
Google Inc's "fragmented" Android software and its
biggest adopter, Samsung Electronics, ahead of the
launch of the Korean firm's latest flagship smartphone in the
United States on Thursday.
* Google Inc is to retire Google Reader in July, it
said on Thursday, citing declining usage for the application
that aggregates content served by web feeds.
* SandRidge Energy Inc and activist hedge fund
TPG-Axon Capital struck a deal on Wednesday that could lead to
the removal of the oil and gas company's chief executive.
* European shares rose early on Thursday, with the
FTSEurofirst 300 hitting a near five-year high, buoyed
by gains for insurer Generali and potash and salt
miner K+S after results.
* U.S. stocks edged up on Wednesday, with the Dow rising for
the ninth straight session to another record, buoyed by
surprisingly strong retail sales that suggested the economy is
* The Dow Jones industrial average gained 5.22
points, or 0.04 percent, to 14,455.28. The Standard & Poor's 500
Index advanced 2.04 points, or 0.13 percent, to 1,554.52.
The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 2.80 points, or 0.09
percent, to end at 3,245.12.