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Trader William McInerney works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, May 28, 2013. A jump in home prices is helping send the stock market sharply higher in early trading. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Trader William McInerney works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, May 28, 2013. A jump in home prices is helping send the stock market sharply higher in early trading. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(AP) U.S. stock futures are rising as investors await a trio of economic reports, particularly one on consumer spending, after surprisingly sluggish economic growth during the first-quarter.


Consumers pulled back more sharply than was expected at the beginning of the year, the U.S. government reported Wednesday, and most economists cite higher taxes that went into effect in January.


Dow Jones industrial futures are up 24 points to 14,848. S&P futures have added 3.1 points to 1,598.60. Nasdaq futures are up 4.5 points to 2,887.50.


Economists expect the Commerce Department to report Thursday that Americans began spending again in May, thanks to modest pay increases.


That's critical for any recovery as consumer spending drives 70 percent of U.S. economic activity.


Also on Thursday, the government releases reports on unemployment benefit applications and pending home sales.


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