Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, March 3:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were slightly higher Thursday after two days of gains on Wall Street while European shares traded mixed.
Asian stocks ended the session mostly higher. Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 1.3%.
Oil prices in the U.S. rose 0.2% to $34.72 a barrel.
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Thursday includes weekly Initial Jobless Claims at 8:30 a.m. EST, Productivity for the fourth quarter at 8:30 a.m., Factory Orders for January at 10 a.m., and the ISM Services Index for February at 10 a.m.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday buffered the flatline for much of the session before breaking slightly higher.
The S&P 500 closed up 0.4%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.2%, and the Nasdaq gained 0.3%.
4. -- Aubrey McClendon, the deposed CEO of troubled oil and gas explorer Chesapeake Energy (CHK) - Get Chesapeake Energy Corporation Report , died in a car accident Wednesday afternoon a day after being indicted by a federal grand jury for bid rigging on oil and gas leases. McClendon was 56 years old.
Police said initial indications were that McClendon's car was traveling well in excess of the 40 mph speed limit at the time of the accident and that he had ample room to avert the wall but failed to do so.
"He pretty much drove straight into the wall. ... There was plenty of opportunity for him to correct and get back on the roadway and that didn't occur," said Oklahoma City Police Capt. Paco Balderrama.
Balderrama said McClendon was speeding and not wearing a seat belt, but it's too early to tell if the collision was intentional.
5. -- Apple's (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Reportfight against a judge's order to unlock the iPhone of a dead terrorist drew support from a trio of advocacy groups that said the case sets a dangerous precedent for privacy, Bloomberg reported.
Access Now and Wickr Foundation, which advocate for digital rights, sought permission Wednesday to submit friend-of-the-court filings, saying they're concerned about "the impact that the intentional weakening of digital security would have on global human rights," Bloomberg reported. Separately, the American Civil Liberties Union said the government's effort to compel Apple to help its investigation raises important "constitutional questions regarding the limits of law enforcement authority."
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6. -- Costco Wholesale (COST) - Get Costco Wholesale Corporation Report said fiscal second-quarter profit fell 8.7% from a year earlier to $546 million, or $1.24 a share, though same-store sales during the period rose 1%.
Costco said revenue rose to $28.17 billion from $27.45 billion a year earlier.
Membership fees rose 3.6% to $603 million.
Analysts expected the warehouse retailer to post second-quarter earnings of $1.28 a share on revenue of $28.42 billion.
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Exact terms of a deal couldn't be learned, but with a typical premium and given its market value of $1.4 billion, the takeover could value Tumi at close to $2 billion, according to the Journal. A deal could be announced as soon as this week, the people told the Journal.
8. -- Pimco Total Return Fund, which last year lost its crown as the largest bond fund in the world, lost more money in February, with cash withdrawals of $600 million in the month, Reuters reported.
In January, the fund had an outflow of $1.1 billion.
The fund had $88 billion in assets under management at the end of February. Assets had plunged to $98.5 billion in August 2015 from a peak of $293 billion in April 2013, when the mutual fund was the world's largest and run by Pimco co-founder Bill Gross, Reuters noted.
The teen clothing retailer reported revenue of $1.11 billion in the period, slightly missing Wall Street forecasts.
American Eagle said it expects earnings in the current quarter 17 cents to 19 cents a share.
10. -- Earnings are expected Thursday from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) - Get Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) Report , Kroger (KR) - Get Kroger Co. (KR) Report , Ciena (CIEN) - Get Ciena Corporation Report and Ambarella (AMBA) - Get Ambarella, Inc. Report .