U.S. stock-index benchmarks looked set for a skittish start on Thursday as investors fought to shake off disputes between China and the U.S. to focus on mostly strong corporate earnings and a healthy economic backdrop.
A series of employment reports on the labor market, U.S. inventories and inflation set for later in the morning may provide more insight about the state of the economy as the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq remain within a hair’s breadth of fresh all-time highs.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were trading virtually unchanged at 25,540, those for the S&P 500 index also were near the flatline around 2,857, while futures for the Nasdaq-100 were up less than 0.1% at 7,478.75.
On Wednesday, the S&P 500 index broke a four-day win streak by closing fractionally lower at 2,857.70, holding less than 0.5% from its all-time high hit on Jan. 26.
Source : Market Watch