NEW YORK (AP) — Actions taken by central banks in China and Europe are sending U.S. stock futures higher.
The Bank of England will pump another $78 billion into a stressed economy and the central bank of Europe cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point. Beijing is cutting a key interest rate for a second time in a month to avert a significant downturn as its economy slows.
Dow Jones industrial average futures are up 26 points to 12,893. Standard & Poor's 500 added 4 points to 1,372 and Nasdaq futures are up 4.75 points to 2,646.25.
The Labor Department releases its weekly unemployment benefits report Thursday and economists believe that the number of people seeking assistance has stabilized.
Retailers are reporting their sales for June.