* Jobless claims, wholesale inventories data on tap
* Duke Realty shares fall after stock offering
* Futures up: Dow 25 pts, S&P 3.5 pts, Nasdaq 5 pts
NEW YORK, Jan 10 U.S. stock index futures rose
on Thursday, alongside other risk assets, as
stronger-than-expected exports in the world's second-biggest
economy, China, raised hopes for a more robust recovery in the
global economy this year.
* Data showed China's export growth rebounded sharply to a
seven-month high in December, a strong finish to the year after
seven straight quarters of slowdown, even as demand from Europe
and the United States remained subdued.
* Adding to the bullish sentiment, Spanish benchmark
government bond yields fell below 5 percent to a
10-month low on the back of a strong bond auction that raised
more than the target amount.
* S&P 500 futures rose 3.5 points and were above fair
value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account
interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the
contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 25
points, and Nasdaq 100 futures added 5 points.
* Traders will also focus on the Labor Department release of
first-time claims for jobless benefits for the latest week at
8:30 a.m. ET (1330 GMT). Economists in a Reuters survey forecast
a total of 365,000 new filings compared with 372,000 in the
* The Commerce Department releases wholesale inventories for
November at 10:00 a.m. ET (1500 GMT). Economists expect
inventories to rise 0.3 percent, against a 0.6 percent increase
* Shares of Duke Realty Corp fell 4 percent in
premarket trading after the company announced late on Wednesday
an offering of 30 million shares.