Stocks are looking ready to start the day slightly lower as traders seem nervous ahead of the year's last set of economic data.
Thursday's releases start with weekly unemployment claims at 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT), followed by a Midwest manufacturing index and a report on pending home sales.
Ahead of the opening bell, Dow Jones industrial average futures are down 11 points, or 0.1 percent, to 11,521. S&P 500 futures are down 1, or less than 0.1 percent, to 1,255. Nasdaq composite futures are down 1, or less than 0.1 percent, to 2,228.
The last week of the year, sandwiched between Christmas and the new year, has been marked by thin trading.