NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures rose Thursday with U. S. corporate earnings continuing to impress.
Dow Jones industrial futures rose 58 points to 14,673. The broader S&P futures added 7.8 points to 1,581.90. Nasdaq futures are up 18 points to 2,842.
On top of strong earnings from the likes of Harley-Davidson, Southwest Airlines and Dow Chemical, the government said that unemployment benefit applications fall to 339,000, second-lowest level in 5 years.
That was better than most economists had expected and further tamped down apprehensions about a terrible jobs report from March.
There are more earning on the way in one of the busiest weeks of the quarter for U. S companies.
Also reporting Thursday are UPS, United Continental, Starbucks and Expedia.