US futures mixed ahead of earnings, economic data

US stock futures are mixed before a bevy of corporate data and economic indicators arrive

Associated Press
US futures mixed ahead of earnings, economic data

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Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Traffic is snarled, subways out of commission, streets flooded and power out in many parts of the city, but the New York Stock Exchange opened without hitch Wednesday after an historic two-day shutdown, courtesy of SuperstormSandy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Futures are mixed ahead of a bevy of corporate earnings reports that had been postponed due to the hurricane, and a number of economic indicators on consumers, manufacturing, construction and jobs.

Dow Jones industrial futures are down 2 points to 13,028. The broader S&P futures have fallen 1.2 points to 1,405.60. Nasdaq futures are up 2.75 points to 2,643.25.

Also on Thursday, retailers begin posting sales figures for October. With 70 percent of the U.S. economy driven by consumer spending, data from the private Conference Board on consumer confidence and the numbers posted by retailers are going to be closely eyed for clues about the health of the economy.

At 8:30 a.m. Eastern, the Labor Department posts jobs numbers for last week and economists expect little change.

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