Market Snapshot: U.S. stocks on track to gain as their weakest month historically starts

U.S. stock futures on Thursday pointed to an upbeat start to the new month, as investors braced for a raft of economic data and didn’t seem fazed by September’s weak track record.

S&P 500 futures ESU6, +0.15% rose 5.25 points, or 0.2%, to 2,174.75, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMU6, +0.18% gained 50 points, or 0.3%, to 18,445. Nasdaq-100 futures NQU6, +0.26% tacked on 15 points, or 0.3%, to 4,788.75.

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, -0.24%closed 0.2% lower for the session and down 0.1% for August, while the Dow DJIA, -0.29% shed 0.3% and lost 0.2% for the month.

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