U.S. stock futures higher  in pre-market trading for Thursday, September 20.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 7,535.00  up with +0.11% percent or +8.50 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 26,506.00  up with +0.17% percent or  +44.00 point.The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,917.50 up with +0.09% percent or +2.50 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 23,674.93 up with +0.010% percent or +2.41 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 27,400.85   with a loss of -0.024% percent or  -6.52 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 2,728.33  with a loss of -0.092% percent or  -2.53 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 37,121.22 with  a loss of -0.45%  percent or -169.45  point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 is trading at 7,345.09 up with +0.19% percent or +13.97  point. Germany’s DAX is trading at 12,279.10  up with +0.49% percent or  +60.08 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 5,432.76  up with +0.72% percent or  +39.03 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 381.86 up with  +0.49% percent or +1.85  point.

Thursday’s Factors and Events

Economic data due Thursday includes jobless claims and the Philadelphia Fed’s Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by existing home sales and leading indicators at 10 a.m. ET.

The U.S. Treasury is set to auction $11 billion in nine-year and 10-month treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS).

The size of two individual bills, three separate notes and one floating rate note, all of which will be auctioned next week, will also be announced.

Wednesday’s Activity

For the day The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,950.04  with a loss of -0.076% percent or -6.07 point.the Dow is trading at 26,405.76  up with +0.61% percent or +158.80 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,907.95 up with  +0.13% percent or +3.64 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,702.93   with a loss of -0.47% percent or -8.04 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 1,070.30 with a loss of -0.71% percent or  -7.70 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 2,030.26   with a loss of -0.32% percent or -6.47 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,288.15  up with +0.25% percent or +3.24 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,724.38 up with +0.024% percent or  +0.41 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,611.88  up with +0.064% percent or +1.04 point;