There’s a lot going on in markets on this busy Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.
—Stock futures have slipped, signaling declines for major indexes as investors awaited earnings from several major companies and fresh data on the U.S. labor market.
Futures on the S&P 500 edged down 0.3%. Contracts for the technology-heavy Nasdaq-100 fell 0.4%, after a volatile day for tech stocks on Wednesday. Read our full markets wrap here.
What’s Coming Up
—New data showing how many Americans applied for first-time unemployment benefits last week are due at 8:30 a.m. ET. Economists expect jobless claims to have fallen from the week prior, adding to signs of a pickup in the economic recovery.
— Walmart , Bloomin’ Brands , and Marriott International are among the companies reporting earnings Thursday.