Stock futures higher after jobless claims, China manufacturing data

Stocks are on track for a slightly higher open, with the S&P 500 positioned to open at or near its all-time high, after a better than expected reading on jobless claims; Dow +0.2%, S&P and Nasdaq +0.1%.

Major European indexes trade higher across the board, while Asia ended mixed; Hong Kong's Hang Seng and China's Shanghai Composite both fell after China's HSBC Manufacturing PMI fell to 50.3 from 51.7.

Yesterday's release of Fed meeting minutes, which showed a slight tilt toward hawkish sentiment, will add to focus on tomorrow's Jackson Hole comments by Fed chair Yellen.

In the latest batch of earnings since yesterday's close, H-P is indicated to open flat following in-line results, while Dollar Tree +4.5% premarket after boosting revenue and comp-store sales guidance while missing Q2 earnings estimates.

Treasurys held losses in overnight action, but the 10-year note is back near its flat line with the yield at 2.43%.

Still ahead: PMI flash manufacturing, existing home sales, EIA natural gas inventory.

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