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Futures higher as oil trades near 2016 highs; data eyed

U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday morning, helped by extended gains in oil prices, as traders eyed the release of another batch of data and some earnings in the retail sector.

Weekly jobless claims rose to 294,000. Import prices rose 0.3 percent in April, while export prices rose 0.5 percent.

WTI hit a fresh intraday high for 2016 in morning trade and was last trading about 0.9 percent higher near $46.70 a barrel.

Futures trimmed gains slightly after the...


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