Before the bell: S&P futures +15.00, Nasdaq futures +25.00
U.S. stock futures advanced, indicating the Dow Jones Industrial Average may erase its 2011 loss, after a report showed that American companies added 91,000 workers to payrolls in August.
Many investors were encouraged after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting, released on Tuesday, showed that central bank officials discussed a range of options to boost the economy, including buying more Treasury bonds.
The Fed has purchased Treasury bonds twice in the past to keep interest rates low. That motivates investors to shift money out of bonds and into stocks.Company news:
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF) sank 5.2 percent as billionaire Carl Icahn agreed to sell his shares for $7 each to end a battle for control over the company.