* Futures up: Dow 38 pts, S&P 4 pts, Nasdaq 13 pts
By Tanya Agrawal
June 8 U.S. stock index futures were slightly
higher on Thursday, a day after written testimony from former
FBI director James Comey did not spring a surprise, while
investors remained focused on an ECB meeting and the UK election
* Investors were concerned that any new revelation by Comey,
who was fired by President Donald Trump last month, could dampen
already flagging momentum for Trump's agenda of lower taxes and
* Comey will be grilled by Washington politicians later over
his claims that Trump asked him to drop an investigation of
former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of a
probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential
* Bets that Trump can implement his agenda are partly behind
a rally that has taken stock indexes to record highs.
* Investors are also keeping an eye on the outcome of the UK
general election, with opinion polls showing Theresa May's
Conservative Party leading between 5 and 12 percentage points
over the main opposition Labour Party, suggesting she would
increase her majority.
* Meanwhile, the ECB is likely to keep its easy monetary
policy during its meeting as inflation remains below its target,
despite stronger economic growth in the euro zone.
* Oil edged up, having hit one-month lows the previous day
after an unexpected surge in U.S. inventories and the return of
more Nigerian crude to an already oversupplied market.
* Shares of Alibaba Group Holding were up 11.5
percent at $140.08 in premarket trading after the company said
it expects revenue growth of 45-49 percent in the 2018 fiscal
* Yahoo, which owns a 15.5 percent stake in Alibaba
also rose 8.8 percent to $55.
* Pandora Media was up 2.6 percent at $8.70 after
sources told Reuters that Sirius XM Holdings is seeking
to invest in the internet music provider. Sirius edged up 0.6
Futures snapshot at 7:04 a.m. ET:
* Dow e-minis were up 38 points, or 0.18 percent,
with 12,149 contracts changing hands.
* S&P 500 e-minis were up 4 points, or 0.16 percent,
with 90,286 contracts traded.
* Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 13 points, or 0.22
percent, on volume of 16,168 contracts.
(Reporting by Tanya Agrawal in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil