UPDATE: Stock market set to open near record levels; Fed speakers in spotlight
By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch
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U.S. stock futures indicated a flat start for Wall Street on Thursday, with major indexes expected to hover at or just below record levels as investors await appearances by several Federal Reserve officials.
What are stock benchmarks doing?
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 5 points to 22,612, while S&P 500 futures inched up 0.6 point to 2,536.75 and Nasdaq-100 futures added 6.75 points to 6,010.57.
Stocks eked out records and extended a streak of advances on Wednesday (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stocks-set-to-catch-their-breath-after-record-run-but-tesla-jumps-2017-10-04). The S&P 500 finished up 0.1% to a record of 2,537.74, the seventh-straight positive session. The Dow industrials closed up 0.1% to an all-time high of 22,661.57, while the Nasdaq Composite Index also rose 0.1% to 6,534.63.
What could drive markets?
Weekly jobless claims are due at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, along with the trade deficit for August. factory orders for August are expected at 10 a.m. Eastern.