data, taxes, on the agenda

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a comparatively flat open Friday, as investors equipment up for more data throughout a shortened trading day.

Markets will be opening back up stateside, after going for a working day off Thursday for the Thanksgiving getaway. Trade in the U.S., on the other hand, will end up being shortened, with markets such as the New York STOCK MARKET (NYSE) finishing trade before. Markets in European countries and Asia happen to be trading as usual.

Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Federal government Open Marketplace Committee released minutes from its most up-to-date meeting. In the launching, the U.S. central lender delivered an overall optimistic view when it found financial growth, yet showed indications of slight concern that financial industry prices could be getting away from hand.

On the data front, Flash US composite purchasing managers index (PMI) data is defined to be released at 9:45 a.m. ET.

In energy markets, crude prices ticked higher, with WTI extending benefits, as a significant pipeline shutdown from Canada to the U.S. tightened North American markets.

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