* Futures up: Dow 47 pts, S&P 3 pts, Nasdaq 5.5 pts
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Nov 25 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher on
Black Friday, with the focus on retailers to see if they will
propel or hit pause on Wall Street's record-setting rally.
* Trading is expected to be relatively quiet with the U.S.
stock market scheduled to close at 1:00 p.m. ET (1700 GMT). The
market was shut on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
* The three main U.S. indexes have hit all-time highs and
closed at record levels multiple times in the past few days,
most recently on Wednesday, when industrial stocks boosted the
Dow and the S&P 500 to record-high closes.
* Thanksgiving and Black Friday kick off the holiday
shopping season, which is crucial for retailers as it accounts
for as much as 40 percent of annual sales.
* Online spending climbed to above $1 billion by
Thanksgiving evening, surging almost 14 percent from a year ago,
according to Adobe Digital Index.
* Shares of Wal-Mart were up 1.14 percent at $71.64
in light premarket trading. Amazon.com inched up 0.32
* China's Ctrip.com jumped 9.5 percent to $44.90
after agreeing to buy UK travel search website Skyscanner in a
deal valued at around $1.74 billion.
* Johnson & Johnson edged up 0.4 percent after
Bloomberg reported on Thursday that the healthcare company had
approached Swiss biotechnology firm Actelion about a
* Meanwhile, oil prices fell 1.2 percent amid uncertainty
that the OPEC would arrive at a decision to cut production
during a meeting next week. The dollar was off 0.28
Futures snapshot at 6:55 a.m. ET:
* Dow e-minis were up 47 points, or 0.25 percent,
with 38,976 contracts changing hands.
* S&P 500 e-minis were up 3 points, or 0.14 percent,
with 158,927 contracts traded.
* Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 5.5 points, or 0.11
percent, on volume of 23,369 contracts.
(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by