(AP) Stock futures are rising ahead of a new housing report that is expected to show an accelerated pace in home building.
Dow Jones industrial futures are up 19 points to 15,089. S&P futures have added 4.3 points to 1,660. Nasdaq futures are up 7 points to 3,078.
Economists believe that new construction rose 8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 903,000.
The Commerce Department releases the report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
However, U.S. markets have been hammered this week by disconcerting reports from retailers. It's unlikely a rally Friday will put major indexes into positive territory for the week.
Wal-Mart, Macy's and Nordstrom all cut their outlooks for the year.
Next week is heavy with retail earnings, including J.C. Penney, Target, and the Gap.