Investors will also get updates on the U.S. economy Thursday, with the government's weekly report on initial jobless claims due at 8:30 a.m. ET, and Census Bureau data on new home sales at 10 a.m. ET.
A big day for earnings:Ford(F) shares rallied after the automaker raised guidance and released quarterly earnings and revenue that topped forecasts.
On the downside, shares of Symantec(SYMC) got hammered after the company reported earnings and sales that fell short of estimates, and slashed its guidance. Dow Chemical(DOW) shares were also under pressure after the company's earnings fell short.
Microsoft(MSFT), Zynga(ZNGA) and Amazon(AMZN) are up in the afternoon.