Here are four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:
1. Potential market movers -- American Apparel, Amazon, Facebook:
Shares in American Apparel(APP) rose ahead of the market open. The company announced overnight that it fired its controversial CEO, though it didn't say why. Its shares, which topped $15 as recently as 2007, now trade for less than $1.
Amazon(AMZN, Tech30) shares were just slightly higher after the company unveiled the Fire Phone, a high-end, 3-D smartphone. It is the first smartphone Amazon has produced on its own.
Shares in Facebook(FB, Tech30) slipped slightly in premarket trading after an outage that prevented users posting to the social media site "for a brief period of time."
Stocks jumped Wednesday, driven up by dovish news from the Federal Reserve. The central bank is optimistic about the future of the American economy, but it isn't planning to raise interest rates in 2014.
4. Earnings and economics: A number of companies are reporting results Thursday. BlackBerry(BBRY, Tech30) sharesjumped 9% in premarket trading, after the Canadian smartphone maker reported a smaller-than-expected loss.
Rite Aid(RAD) shares jumped. The drugstore chain reported a slump in quarterly net income, compared to the year-earlier quarter.
Kroger(KR) is also expected to report earnings before the start of trading. Oracle(ORCL, Tech30) and Smith & Wesson(SWHC) will report after the close.
The U.S. Department of Labor will publish weekly jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. ET.