US STOCKS-Futures point to higher open after Draghi comments

jueves 6 de noviembre de 2014 09:56 GYT

* Draghi comments spur hopes for European stimulus

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* Futures up: Dow 31 pts, S&P 1.5 pt, Nasdaq 7.25 pts

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Nov 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Thursday, indicating that equity markets would extend a rally that has taken them to repeated records on hopes for additional stimulus from Europe.

Futures were flat for much of the premarket session but turned higher following comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, who said the ECB's governing council was unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional measures to support the economy, if needed.

Accommodative policies from central banks around the world have fueled equity gains in recent years. While the U.S. Federal Reserve recently ended its bond-buying stimulus program, the Bank of Japan last week ramped up its own package of incentives.

Separately, jobless claims fell more than expected in the latest week, the second positive read on the U.S. labor market following Wednesday's ADP report on private sector employment. Both could raise hopes for Friday's closely watched data on payrolls.   Continuación...