2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Thursday includes weekly jobless claims and the Producer Price Index for February. Both reports from the Labor Department are scheduled to be issued at 8:30 a.m. EDT.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday finished with gains as higher-than-expected retail sales boosted the outlook for the world's largest economy. The Dow added 5.22 points, or 0.4%, at 14,455.28, to finish in positive territory for the ninth consecutive trading day, its longest winning streak in 16 years. The S&P 500 closed up 0.13% to 1,554.52 while the Nasdaq was higher by 0.09% to 3,245.12.
4. -- Samsung Electronics will unveil the Galaxy S IV phone at an event at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Thursday evening. Apple's ( AAPL) marketing chief, Phil Schiller, blasted the new phone in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, saying that Samsung's new phone may debut with a year-old operating system that will need updating. Samsung is Apple's chief competitor.
5. -- Men's Wearhouse ( MW) said Wednesday it was exploring the sale of its K&G operations, which sells clothing for men, women and children. Men's Wearhouse hired Jefferies & Co. to evaluate strategic alternatives for K&G.
6. -- Aeropostale ( ARO) is forecast by Wall Street on Thursday to post earnings of 22 cents a share in the fourth quarter on sales of $775.7 million
7. -- Doughnut shop Krispy Kreme ( KKD) is expected by analysts to report fourth-quarter earnings of 12 cents a share on revenue of $115.9 million.
8. -- Molycorp ( MCP), the rare-earth minerals company, is seen posting a quarterly loss of 31 cents a share on revenue of $166 million.
9. -- E-Trade Financial ( ETFC) said Wednesday that its biggest shareholder, Citadel Equity Fund Ltd., plans to sell its entire position of 27.4 million shares in the company.