Stock futures slipped Thursday, but pared larger losses after China's vice premier, Liu He, reportedly said he’s “cautiously optimistic” about getting to a preliminary phase 1 trade pact with the U.S.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures eased 46 points, or 0.2%, to 27,754, while S&P 500 futures slipped 5.25 points, or 0.2%, to 3,103.75. Nasdaq-100 edged 16 points lower, or 0.2%, to 8,275.50.
On Wednesday, the Dow Industrials fell 112.93 points, or 0.4%, to close at 27,821, while the S&P 500 lost 0.4% to end at 3,108.46. The Nasdaq Composite, which briefly traded above the neutral line in the late morning, closed 0.5% lower at 8,526.73.