Premarket futures were indicating a higher open for stocks on Wall Street Friday, as corporate earnings took center stage and investors awaited the Bureau of Labor Statistics' October unemployment number.
Futures for the
were higher by 20 points at 924 and were 21 above fair value.
futures were gaining 30 points at 1271 and were 28 ahead of fair value.
On Thursday, stocks sold off as bearish economic data, dismal corporate earnings statements and slumping retail sales hurt investor sentiment.
Quarterly earnings statements were still occupying investor attention.
Following Thursday's close, entertainment giant
(DIS - Get Report)
reported decreased earnings, in part because of a charge related to debt owed by bankrupt brokerage
Construction management firm
(FLR - Get Report)
announced a large rise in third-quarter income.
Meanwhile, communication equipment manufacturer
(QCOM - Get Report)
announced falling profit and lowered its forward outlook.
Ahead of Friday's trading, investors were girding themselves for quarterly results from automakers
(F - Get Report)
(GM - Get Report)
, entertainment company
, and telecom firm
(MSFT - Get Report)
CEO Steve Ballmer said that his company doesn't intend to work out a merger deal with
(YHOO - Get Report)
, according to a report by
Elsewhere on the merger front,
announced they were discussing a potential deal.
In terms of economic data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is slated to release its October nonfarm payrolls numbers. Also on tap is the Census Bureau's wholesale inventories report for September, along with the
look at consumer credit.