Stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open for Wall street on Friday, as investors awaited results from software giant Microsoft and data on home sales.
Microsoft's fiscal first-quarter results are due before the opening bell, a day after its much-heralded launch of Windows 7. Honeywell, Fortune Brands and Whirlpool are among other companies reporting.
World markets rose strongly after another batch of solid U.S. earnings on Thursday and further confirmation that the economic recovery in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, is gathering pace.
Oil prices edged higher, holding above $81 (U.S.) a barrel, but skepticism that the economic recovery was robust enough to spur a convincing rise in fuel demand curbed investors' appetite to extend the week's rally.