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Market Snapshot: U.S. stock futures point to higher open

U.S. stock futures inched higher Thursday, but with investors keeping a cautious eye on oil prices as they fell closer to $40 a barrel after a lackluster forecast for energy demand.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMU6, +0.37% rose 60 points, or 0.3%, to 18,513, while those for the S&P 500 index ESU6, +0.30% gained 5.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,178. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index NQU6, +0.37% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 4,795.

The small gains come after U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday, dragged down by a slump in oil prices.

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