Stock prices are expected to rise slightly today, ahead of the release of new economic data.

U.S. equity futures rise ahead of economic reports.

Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rise 0.05%.

On Wednesday, equity futures were slightly higher as investors looked ahead to several economic reports scheduled to come out in the morning. The major averages ended a choppy session on a modestly higher note. The Dow closed slightly higher, by 30 points, after falling more than 200 points at one point. The S&P 500 rose 0.3%, and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.7%.

Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 50 points, or 0.05%, while those for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes also gained ground.

S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures also rise.

Stocks sought stability after a hotter-than-expected inflation report on Tuesday sent them tumbling to post their worst day since 2020. August's consumer price index report showed headline inflation rose 0.1% on a monthly basis, despite a drop in gas prices. "Inflation is really a dark cloud over equities, but I think it's really important that people keep in mind that it's not about good and bad in the markets, it's about better and worse," said Jeff deGraaf, founder and chairman of Renaissance Macro Research, on CNBC's "Closing Bell: Overtime." "And it does appear that inflation is getting better."

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Stocks seek stability after Tuesday's sell-off.

Tuesday's inflation report sends stocks tumbling.

On Tuesday, equity markets sold off sharply after a hotter-than-expected inflation report. The major averages all ended the day down, with the Dow falling more than 200 points. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite both lost around 1%.

Investors were spooked by the August consumer price index report, which showed headline inflation rising 0.1% on a monthly basis, despite a drop in gas prices. This was the first time since April that inflation had risen above expectations.

Inflation is seen as a key threat to stock prices, as it can eat into corporate profits and lead the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than expected. Higher rates would make borrowing more expensive and could put a brake on economic growth.

August's consumer price index report shows headline inflation rising 0.1%.

Despite a drop in gas prices, August's consumer price index report showed headline inflation rising 0.1% on a monthly basis. This was the first time since April that inflation had risen above expectations.

Inflation is seen as a key threat to stock prices, as it can eat into corporate profits and lead the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than expected. Higher rates would make borrowing more expensive and could put a brake on economic growth.

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Investor focus on Thursday's economic reports.

Reports include retail sales, import prices and jobless claims.

The most important economic reports for Thursday are retail sales, import prices and jobless claims. Retail sales give insight into consumer spending, which is a key driver of economic growth. Import prices give an indication of inflationary pressures in the economy. Jobless claims provide information on the labor market.

Also the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey and the Empire State manufacturing survey.

In addition to the retail sales, import prices and jobless claims reports, investors will also be watching the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey and the Empire State manufacturing survey. These surveys provide information on business activity in the Manufacturing sector.

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