Earnings, overseas data lift US futures

New York - US stock index futures rose on Thursday, following a record close on the S&P 500 index, lifted by strong data overseas and better than forecast results from Facebook.

The US bourse is set to open higher as European leaders get ready to meet. Credit: REUTERS

New home sales numbers are expected at 10:00 am (16:00 SA time).

Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures rose 26 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures added 13 points.