U.S. stock futures edged lower Thursday ahead of the release of a slate of economic data that could show the second consecutive drop in retail sales.
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average
slipped 13 points, a fractional drop , to 34,690
Futures on the S&P 500
slipped 3 points, or 0.1%, to 4,469
Futures on the Nasdaq 100
weakened 26 points, or 0.2%, to 15,471
On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 236.82 points, or 0.68% to 34814.39, the S&P 500
increased 37.65 points, or 0.85% to 4480.70, and the Nasdaq Composite
gained 123.77 points, or 0.82% to 15161.53.
What’s driving markets
There’s a big slate of economic data due at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, including the retail sales report, which is expected to show a 0.7% decline for August, after a 1.1% drop in July.
Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets, said the report does a better job of capturing goods spending than services. “The consumer is in very fine shape from a balance sheet perspective; thus, they have the means to drive spending,” he said.
Weekly jobless claims, and the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index, also are slated for release.
The debate over the need for booster shots continues, with the Food and Drug Administration saying the currently administered vaccines provide sufficient protection against severe disease and death, while vaccine maker Moderna
says effectiveness wanes over time.
The rise in European gas prices is starting to be felt, with CF Industries
saying it will have to shutter its two U.K. plants while natural-gas prices are high.