Updated from 6:41 a.m. to include Walmart earnings.
Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, Feb. 18:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were slightly higher Thursday following Wall Street's third straight day of gains while oil prices jumped after Iran's oil minister said the country supports "any measure" to boost oil prices.
Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Russia and Venezuela reached an agreement to cap their crude output if others do the same.
Oil in the U.S. early Thursday was rising 3.2% to $31.64 a barrel.
European stocks were trading mixed Thursday while Asian shares ended the session mostly higher. Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 2.3%.
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Thursday includes weekly Initial Jobless Claims at 8:30 a.m. EST, the Philadelphia Fed Index for February at 8:30 a.m., and Crude Inventories for the week ended Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday secured their first three-day winning streak of the year as concerns over oil, the U.S. economy and the Federal Reserve's rate-hike plans were all addressed in turn. The S&P 500 broke out of correction territory and is now down less than 10% from its 52-week high.
The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average each added 1.6% on Wednesday, and the Nasdaq jumped 2.2%.
In a series of tweets late Wednesday, Pichai wrote, "Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users' privacy." He added the case "could be a troubling precedent."
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday his company would fight a federal magistrate's order to hack its users in connection with the investigation of the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif.
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Apple said "Apple Pay" could be used by 19 banks, "numerous merchants" and app developers. Apple's payment system started in the U.S. in October 2014 and has since spread to the U.K., Canada and Australia.
China's market is dominated by Alipay, a unit of Alibaba. WeChat Payment, operated by Tencent Holdings, also is popular.
Magazines being closed include those focused on food, health, parenting, travel and autos, Martha Nelson, global editor-in-chief, wrote in a blog post Wednesday. While the dedicated publications will be shuttered, the topics they covered will still be available via other Yahoo! sites and services, she said. The new focus will be on four key areas, including news, sports, finance and lifestyle, Bloomberg reported.
7. -- Chinese shipping company Tianjin Tianhai reached an agreement to acquire Ingram Micro (IM) for about $6 billion.
The all-cash deal amounts to $38.90 a share for Ingram, which distributes information technology products and services.
Ingram Micro's headquarters are expected to remain in Irvine, Calif.
The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2016.
9. -- Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Report is quietly inviting drivers for its new "on-demand" delivery service to handle its standard packages, as the online retailer looks to speed up delivery times and tamp down its growing multi-billion dollar logistics bill, Reuters reported.
The move, which has not been announced publicly, is the latest sign that Amazon, the world's biggest e-commerce company, wants to control more of its own deliveries, Reuters said. Media reports have said the company plans to lease its own fleet of jets, and CEO Jeff Bezos eventually wants to use drones to get packages to customers.
The giant retailer also raised its annual dividend to $2 a share from $1.96.
Revenue of $129.7 billion came in below Wall Street forecasts.
The stock fell 4% in premarket trading on Thursday.