Stock index futures point to gains on Wall Street
* Stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street on Thursday, after iPhones maker Apple (AAPL.O) beat forecasts with its quarterly profit overnight.
* At 0923 GMT, futures for the Dow Jones DJc1, S&P 500 SPc1 and Nasdaq NDc1 were up between 0.7 and 1.3 percent.
* The FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 index of top European shares was down 0.2 percent at 793.76 points, with results sending Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) and Novartis higher, but also sending ABB (ABBN.VX) lower.
* The U.S. Treasury has raised its offer to Chrysler lenders, sources said on Wednesday, as the embattled automaker races to cut its debt and labour costs and reach an alliance with Italy's Fiat SpA (FIA.MI) by the end of the month. [ID:nN22277062]
* Auto dealer representatives meet with the government task force charged with retooling the auto industry to make the case that a bankruptcy for General Motors (GM.N) should not be an option. [ID:nWEN7594]
* Top executives of big banks that accepted federal bailouts -- Bank of America (BAC.N), Wells Fargo (WFC.N), Citigroup (C.N) and JP Morgan (JPM.N), as well as the heads of some credit card providers, meet with President Barack Obama about credit card fees and penalties at 1645 GMT.
* At 1400 GMT, a report is likely to show that weekly jobless claims are expected to have increased by 100,000 to 6.12 million.
* Other economic data due includes existing home sales, likely to have fallen in March.
* First-quarter earnings at cigarette maker Philip Morris International (PM.N) may show a hit from the stronger dollar. Other companies due to report include oil giant ConocoPhillips (COP.N).
* Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Amazon.com (AMZN.O) are among companies that are due to report after the market closes on Thursday.
* After the market closed on Wednesday, Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) quarterly profit soared past Wall Street expectations on strong sales of iPhones and iPods, underscoring the popularity of the company's relatively expensive products even in the midst of a weak economy.The shares are up 2.3 percent in Frankfurt. [ID:nN21504807]
* Shares of eBay Inc (EBAY.O) rose 5 percent after the bell on Wednesday following the release of the company's first-quarter results. [ID:nWNAB6479]
* Broadcom Corp (BRCM.O) shares rose more than 8 percent in extended trade on Wednesday after Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) said it was rescheduling its quarterly results, citing advanced settlement discussions with Broadcom over their legal disputes. Broadcom shares last traded up 7 percent at $24.20.
* The Dow and S&P fell on Wednesday after Morgan Stanley revived concerns about the banking sector and the wider economy after it posted its second straight quarterly loss and slashed its dividend.
(Reporting by Brian Gorman; editing by Simon Jessop)
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