US stock market climbs as world banks slash interest rates
U.S stock market futures opened higher Thursday on actions taken by central banks in Europe and China to cut key interest rates and pump stimulus money . The Dow rose 26 points to 12893 as the US stock market awaits today's reports on unemployment claims and retail sales.
The Bank of England will pump another $78 billion into a stressed economy and the central bank of Europe cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point. Beijing is cutting a key interest rate for a second time in a month to avert a significant downturn as its economy slows.
The Labor Department releases its weekly unemployment benefits report Thursday and economists believe that the number of people seeking assistance has stabilized.
Retailers are reporting their sales for June.