Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.16 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.18 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.28 percent at 4.48 a.m. ET.
European shares edged up and the euro hovered near three-month lows against the dollar on expectations the European Central Bank could point to future policy easing following its rate-setting meeting on Thursday.
The ECB is expected to hold its interest rates at a record low of 0.75 percent, and investors will be seeking clues about whether the euro zone's central bank is moving towards another cut in rates.
Despite the efforts of the U.S. Federal Reserve to use easy monetary policy to boost jobs, the country's economy is stuck in "neutral" more than three years after the end of the recession, a top Fed official said on Wednesday.
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On the macro side, investors are awaiting international trade data for January, due at 8.30 a.m. ET, weekly jobless claims, also at 8.30 a.m. ET, as well as productivity figures for the fourth quarter, also due at 8.30 a.m. ET.
Wall Street mostly edged higher on Wednesday, with the Dow hitting another record, helped by a private payroll survey that bodes well for the monthly jobs report due at the week's end.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 42.47 points, or 0.30 percent, to 14,296.24, another record closing high. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> edged up 1.67 points, or 0.11 percent, to 1,541.46. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> slipped 1.77 points, or 0.05 percent, to close at 3,222.36.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by John Stonestreet)