Stock futures opened slightly to the upside Wednesday evening as investors awaited more earnings and data on the labor market's recovery.
Asian shares held on to recent gains in morning trading on Thursday, despite hawkish remarks from a senior official at the U.S. Federal Reserve, that boosted the dollar while weighing on risk appetite, and uncertainty about Chinese policy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.22%, and Japan's Nikkei climbed 0.32%. Australia gained 0.18%, Chinese blue chips fell 0.28% and Hong Kong advanced 0.45%.
LONDON (Reuters) -Oil prices declined towards $70 a barrel on Thursday as more countries imposed fresh movement restrictions to counter a surge in COVID-19 cases, though Middle East tensions offered support. Japan is poised to expand emergency restrictions to more prefectures while China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, has imposed restrictions in some cities and cancelled flights, threatening fuel demand. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell by 34 cents, or 0.5%, to $67.81.