WASHINGTON - Traders coming off a bad day on Wall Street are hoping for some good news today from the government.
The Labor Department will release the weekly jobless claims number and its August survey on job openings and labor turnover.
Also today, Freddie Mac will release the weekly mortgage rates.
In Brussels, European Union leaders are opening a two-day summit to center on the economy and soaring unemployment.
There's a slew of earning reports for investors to sink their teeth into today.
In the U.S., Ford, United Continental, Southwest Airlines, 3M, Starwood Hotels and Altria report quarterly financial results before the market opens.
After the bell today, Microsoft, Express Scripts, Zynga and Amazon report their quarterly financial results.
There are earning reports out of Europe today. Among the companies reporting are Unilever, Credit Suisse, Ericsson, Daimler, Santander, Pernod Ricard and Areva.