Stocks are a bit higher Friday, showing that the Fed's mid-week reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates has staying power.
U.S. stock futures rose Friday, bolstered by indications of easy monetary policy from major central banks. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 53 points, or 0.3%, to 17778.
FILE - In this April 13, 2006 file photo, Pete Vavricka conducts an underground train from the entrance of Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
Atos shares rose as much as 9.3 percent in Paris. Atos will pay in cash, and Xerox may get another $50 million based on the condition of certain assets when the transaction is completed, the companies said in separate statements Thursday.
According to a Labor Department report, jobless claims reduced by 6,000 to 289,000 in the week ended December 13 and it is fewest since early November.