The economic calendar in the U.S. Thursday includes Automatic Data Processing's employment report at 8:15 a.m. EST, jobless claims from the Labor Department at 8:30 a.m., and the Institute for Supply Management December index of regional business activity for New York at 9:45 a.m.
U.S. stocks on Wednesday soared as global risk appetite surged on the first trading day of the year after the House managed to pass the Senate's 11th-hour agreement on averting the "fiscal cliff." The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 308 points, or 2.4%, to 13,413. It was the biggest single-day gain for the Dow since Nov. 19. The S&P 500 gained 36 points, or 2.5%, to 1,462. The tech-heavy Nasdaq jumped 93 points, or 3.1%, to 3112.
Apple (AAPL - Get Report) has set its first-quarter earnings release for Jan. 23, with a conference call the same day to discuss the results.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD - Get Report) appointed Devinder Kumar as its chief financial officer after a four-month search.
Mellanox Technologies (MLNX - Get Report), the data-storage company, on Wednesday reduced its revenue forecast for the fourth quarter.
Costco Wholesale (COST - Get Report), the warehouse retailer, posted a same-store sales increase of 9% in December, higher than analysts' expectations.
Automakers, including Ford (F - Get Report) and General Motors (GM), are expected to post December sales results on Thursday.
Earnings are expected Thursday from Family Dollar Stores (FDO) and Worthington Industries (WOR).
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