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US STOCKS-Futures rise ahead of jobless claims data; drugmakers extend fall
Published at 06/05/2021 at 12:08

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* Futures up: Dow 0.14%, S&P 0.19%, Nasdaq 0.36%

By Shreyashi Sanyal

May 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday ahead of data that is expected to show a decline in weekly jobless claims, while shares of vaccine makers looked to extend losses after President Joe Biden's plan to back intellectual property waivers on COVID-19 shots.

Shares in Pfizer Inc , Moderna Inc , Johnson & Johnson and Novavax Inc , all involved in the making of COVID-19 vaccines, fell between 0.6% and 5.4% in premarket trading.

The declines were triggered after Biden said he had backed a World Trade Organization waiver for vaccine intellectual property to enhance the fight against the pandemic.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended at a record high in the previous session, supported by a rise in economically sensitive cyclical stocks, while the Nasdaq was hit by declines in growth stocks.

Shares of highly valued technology-related stocks, however, rose on Thursday, with Microsoft Corp , Apple Inc

, Alphabet Inc and Inc gaining between 0.1% and 0.3%.

A Labor Department report will likely show initial jobless claims fell to 540,000 last week from 553,000 in the previous week.

Investors are awaiting the Labor Department's more comprehensive non-farm payrolls data on Friday, which is expected to show accelerating job growth in April.

At 6:40 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were up 48 points, or 0.14%, S&P 500 e-minis were up 7.75 points, or 0.19%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 48.75 points, or 0.36%.

Among other companies, International Business Machines Corp

rose 0.4% as it introduced what it says is the world's first 2-nanonmeter chipmaking technology for faster computing.

Uber Technologies Inc fell 3.6% as it signaled it would pay drivers more to get cars back on the road and disclosed a $600 million charge to provide UK drivers with benefits.

(Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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