The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday includes weekly initial and continuing jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EDT, durable goods orders for August at 8:30 a.m., the third estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product at 8:30 a.m., and pending home sales for August at 10 a.m.
U.S. stocks on Wednesday were dragged lower by more uncertainty in the eurozone as both Greece and Spain dealt with anti-austerity protests. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 44 points, or 0.33%, to close at 13,414. The blue-chip index has declined for four straight sessions and is up 9.79% in 2012.
Research In Motion ( RIMM), the BlackBerry maker, is expected by analysts Thursday to report a fiscal second-quarter loss of 47 cents a share on revenue of $2.49 billion. TheStreet will be live-blogging RIM's results beginning at 3:45 p.m. EDT.
Nike ( NKE) is expected by analysts to report a fiscal first-quarter profit of $1.12 a share on revenue of $6.42 billion. The sneaker maker earned $1.36 a share in the year-earlier quarter.
Other companies expected to post earnings on Thursday include Accenture ( ACN), Actuant ( ATU), Central European Distribution ( CEDC), Discover Financial Services ( DFS), Global Payments ( GPN), Greenbrier ( GBX), IDT ( IDT), McCormick ( MCK), Micron Technology ( MU) and Sealy ( ZZ).
The NFL and the union representing the league's officials announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June.
-- Written by Joseph Woelfel