U.S. stock futures higher  in pre-market trading for , January 24.The Dow Futures is trading at 24,580.50 up with +0.12% percent or +29.50 point.The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,642.62  up with +0.17% percent or +4.37 point.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 6,697.25 up with +0.48% percent or +32.00 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 20,574.63 with a loss of -0.093% percent or -19.09 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 27,120.98  up with +0.42% percent or +112.78 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 2,591.69  up with +0.41% percent or +10.69 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 36,058.87   with a loss of -0.14% percent or -49.60 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 is trading at 6,832.98  with a loss of -0.14% percent or -9.90 point. Germany’s DAX is trading at 11,135.65 up with  +0.58% percent or +64.11point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 4,880.53 up with +0.83% percent or +40.15 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 356.45 up with +0.44% percent or +1.56  point.

Thursday’s Factors and Events

On Thursday, a slew of corporate earnings are expected to have an influence on the market agenda. Some of the major names set to report include Bristol-Myers Squibb, Union Pacific, American Airlines Group, Southwest Air, Intel, Starbucks, Alaska Air, Discover Financial and Western Digital.

Aside from fresh earnings, new economic data is due out too. At 8:30 a.m. ET, jobless claims are scheduled to be released, followed by the U.S. composite purchasing managers’ index figures at 9:45 a.m. ET, and the Kansas City Fed survey at 11 a.m. ET.

Wednesday’s Activity

For the day the Dow is trading at 24,575.62 up with +0.70% percent or +171.14 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,638.70 up with +0.22% percent or +5.80 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,025.77 up with +0.077% percent or +5.41 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,454.26   with a loss of -0.22% percent or -3.20 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 907.18  with a loss of -0.20% percent or -1.78  point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,786.64  with a loss of -0.16% percent or -2.78 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,167.81  up with +0.34% percent or +4.00 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,555.10  up with +0.16% percent or + 2.42 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,459.95  up with +0.19% percent or +2.70 point.