Futures edge higher with earnings underway, United Airlines rises

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(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures inched up on Wednesday after big banks kicked off the reporting season with a mixed bag of earnings, while shares of United Airlines rose after it forecast at least a four-fold jump in full-year profit. As the earnings season gathers pace, investors will focus on how corporate America has fared against high interest rates and a challenging demand environment. United Airlines Holdings Inc rose 2.6% in premarket trading as it also reported fourth-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street estimates on robust travel demand. Analysts now expect year-over-year ear…

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