US futures slightly higher

New York - US stock index futures were slightly higher on Thursday as investors awaited what is expected to be a significant easing move from the European Central Bank.

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

Earlier on Thursday, Spain auctioned 3- and 5-year bonds at record low yields.

Expectations for the ECB easing were running high, having already fuelled risk appetite in recent days and supported the drift higher in the benchmark S&P 500 index, which closed Wednesday at a record high.

Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures rose 28 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures added 3 points.

Sprint shares, regularly volatile in premarket trading, were up 5.1 percent in very light volume.

T-Mobile US rose 1.8 percent.

The number is expected to rise to 310,000 from 300,000. - Reuters