Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up by 72 points, or 34 points above fair value, at 10,910. Futures for the S&P 500 were gaining 8 points, or 4 points above fair value, at 1143, and Nasdaq futures were ahead by 16 points, or 5 points above fair value. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims rose by 6,000 to 401,000 in the week ended Oct. 1, which was less than the jump to 410,000 claims that economists had been expecting, according to Thomson Reuters. The report comes a day after Automatic Data Processing ( ADP) said U.S. companies added 91,000 jobs in September, rising from the revised 89,000 in August and beating the 75,000 economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had estimated. On Friday, the Labor Department will release monthly unemployment data for September. The Bank of England voted to raise its bond-buying program by 75 billion pounds to 275 billion pounds and said it would maintain its key interest rate of 0.5% on Thursday. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank, announced it would keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.5% despite increased pressure to ease monetary policy amid signs that the region is struggling under its debt crisis. The decision was likely made when eurozone inflation for the year rose to 3% in September, up from 2.5% in August. Sentiment regarding the eurozone situation also turned positive Thursday. According to a Wall Street Journal report, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the commission is asking members to undergo coordinated recapitalization of regional banks. London's FTSE was gaining 2.2% and Germany's DAX was up by 1.6%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng soared 5.7% and Japan's Nikkei Average jumped 1.7%. News that former Apple ( AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs died after battling pancreatic cancer broke roughly an hour after the close of Wednesday's trading session. Known as one of Silicon Valley's greatest innovators, Jobs stepped down from his position as CEO in August but remained chairman of the company's board. Shares were shedding 1.5% to $372.44 ahead of Thursday's opening bell.