U.S. stock-index futures traded near unchanged Friday morning after data showed China’s economic growth slowing further in the third quarter, with investors looking for direction at the end of a week that saw equities buoyed by a strong start to corporate earnings reporting season.
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up 7 points, or less than 0.1%, at 27,000, while the S&P 500 rose 2.15 points, or 0.1%, to 3,000. Nasdaq-100 futures were flat at 7,952.75.
Stocks ended with small gains Thursday, with the Dow up 23.9 points, or 0.1%, at 27,025.88 after flipping between positive and negative territory. The S&P 500 gained 8.26 points, or 0.3%, to close at 2,997.95, while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 32.67 points, or 0.4%, to finish at 8,156.85.