U.S. stock index futures were lower Thursday morning, as investors turned their focus to a slew of corporate earnings reports.
At around 5:30 a.m. ET, Dow futures indicated a drop of more than 100 points at the open. Futures of the S&P and Nasdaq were also lower in premarket trading.
Market focus is largely attuned to global trade developments, with officials from the world's two largest economies poised to meet for a fresh round of talks next week.
A number of Fed members are also due to speak on Thursday. At 09:15 a.m. ET, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan will be taking part in a Q&A in Texas. At 7:30 p.m. ET, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard will be speaking on the state of the US economy in Minnesota.