Stock futures little changed before consumer sentiment report

The read is expected to show improvement. The Conference Board's July index of leading indicators is predicted to rise. The benchmark 10-year Treasury is flat. J.M. Smucker’s and Foot Locker’s quarterly results beat expectations.

By TheStreet Staff Aug 17, 2012 9:09AM
Updated at 9:09 a.m. ET

By Andrea Tse

Stock futures barely budged Friday before the release of data on consumer sentiment and after the major equity indices increased sharply the prior session.


Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) were down by 4 points at 13,221. S&P 500 ($INX) futures were down by 1.4 points at 1,412. Futures for the Nasdaq ($COMPX) were rising by 4.5 points to 2,768.


U.S. stocks rose Thursday on evidence that the housing industry, which has been in a four-year recession, is coming to life. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's reiteration of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's vow to do whatever is necessary to save the euro also buoyed stocks, pushing major equity averages to their biggest gains in nearly two weeks.


Technology was also a bright spot for the broad market, driven by Cisco (CSCO) after the networking giant's solid quarterly results and dividend boost.


Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters on average expect that the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index, out at 9:55 a.m. EDT, will rise in August to 72.4 from 72.3 in July thanks to an offsetting of rebounding gasoline prices with the stock market rally and stronger economic data points -- including the recent downtrend in initial jobless claims.


The Conference Board's July index of leading indicators, out at 10 a.m., is predicted to show an improvement as well, rising by 0.2% after falling by 0.3% in June.


September crude oil futures were falling 47 cents at $95.13 a barrel and December gold futures were up 20 cents at $1,619.40 an ounce.


The benchmark 10-year Treasury was flat, with the yield at 1.837%. The greenback was trading sideways, according to the dollar index.


The FTSE in London was up 0.2% and the DAX in Germany was up 0.22%.


The Hong Kong Hang Seng index closed up 0.77% and the Nikkei in Japan settled up 0.77%.


On corporate developments, branded food products company J.M. Smucker (SJM) reported first-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations as price reductions helped lure customers back in.


Athletic apparels company Foot Locker (FL) posted second-quarter net income that increased by 59% and results that exceeded Wall Street expectations, largely thanks to stronger sales, better cost controls and a small tax-related benefit.


Teen retailer Gap (GPS) hiked its full-year earnings outlook in afterhours trading Thursday.

Clothing retailer Aeropostale (ARO) gave a softer than expected third-quarter earnings guidance for the current quarter after the bell.


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Aug 17, 2012 12:11PM
Nice little rally yesterday afternoon put us over the top....We see things basically moving sideways today despite the decent news so far this morning....Never forget folks, people move markets, not news...We will see, still low volume and plenty of scumbags ready to make their move at any time. Cant take anything for granted....More later.
Aug 17, 2012 10:56AM
STILL....a great day to be alive and living in America.  Thanks for the motto, saltguy.

Msgs for today;  Repubs/ TP- Jesus was the finest community organizer of them all.
                              Dems  -  Differentiate by stepping away from the 'center'...and...
                              Indies  -  ORGANIZE!

Happy Friday, Everyone.

Aug 17, 2012 7:03PM

This is sad, 11 comments on the the column that has NO spam, and very few NUTBALLS....


Those others must feel lonely without their spam or dates??

Aug 17, 2012 11:19AM

Yeah....Don't like the spam....Or about half of the posters !!

When Miss Lilly gets back from Wally World getting pet food, I'm/we are heading for Casino...


Have a good one too////

Aug 17, 2012 11:22AM

Thought one of these last two(2) days would have a minor correction, of about 75-80 downside??


Guess I mis-guessed and glad I'm wrong....It's been a Great week.

Aug 17, 2012 1:31PM
Yup VF, I agree, I think we will see 13,100 before we see 13,500.....Too.
Aug 17, 2012 12:37PM
Tog, Lom.. I expect Monday to be a down.  Next week as a whole will probably be the correction for this week.  Still standing firm on my 13500 @ year's end prediction.  And I think we'll see 13,100 before 13,500.
Aug 17, 2012 11:33AM
Right on, Like I told the missus....1) market up, good....2) market flat, still making divs...3) Market down, got 15 pct cash on hold for the buy ins   - so far, so good.  talk to ya to run.
Aug 17, 2012 11:11AM
What is it?.........A holiday that I have missed.?
Aug 17, 2012 11:15AM
They are all on TOP STOCKS column these days...The headliner titled, Stocks Flat after consumer sentiment down, etc etc.

I think I am up way too early to contend with that crowd, so its off to take Mrs LOM to her phys, therapy appts and me to the bank to check for little treasures, like if someone turned in some
'junk' silver.  Have a fine Friday, TOG. 

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