U.S. stock indexfuturesticked up in light volume on Thursday after theS&P 500and the Dow industrials closed at a record, ahead of a short session on Wall Street that is packed with economic data.
* The key government non-farm payrolls numbers are due at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT) and are expected to show theeconomycreated 212,000 jobs last month according to a Reuters survey of economists. The unemployment rate is expected to remain at 6.3 percent.
* Data on international trade, claims for unemployment insurance as well as two sets of numbers on the U.S. services sector are also due later on Thursday.
* The closing bell will ring at 1 p.m. (1700 GMT) and equitymarketswill be closed Friday for the Independence Day holiday.
*S&P 500e-minifuturesESc1 were up 2 points and fair value – a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates,dividendsand time to expiration on the contract – indicated a slightly higher open. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures 1YMc1 rose 15 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures NQc1 added 5 points.
* Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) denied planning a bid for U.S. truck maker Paccar (PCAR.O) after analysts published comments in a research note from a senior executive of German rival Daimler (DAIGn.DE) saying he had heard of such a plan. Paccar shares were inactive in early trading.
* Lululemon (LULU.O) shares rose 4.5 percent in light premarket trading as founder Dennis Wilson’s advisers have been talking to private equity firms about a possible buyout, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
* Regado Biosciences (RGDO.O) shares fell 38.6 percent after the Data Safety Monitoring Board started an unplanned review of data from a trial and the company said patient enrollment has been paused until the DSMB returns with recommendations.