February 19, 2014 -- 8:30 a.m. - 02/19/14
Stock index futures are pointing to a lower open in New York. The Dow is off 0.3% and the S&P is down 0.4% on Globex. The NASDAQ is trading 0.2% below fair value.
Investors are cautious following a batch of mixed economic reports and ahead of the January FOMC minutes which are scheduled to be released at 2pm ET. Looking at todays data, housing starts fell 16% in January as poor weather conditions hindered new constructions. Separately, final demand PPI in January advanced 0.2%, largely in-line with consensus expectations.
On the earnings front, CF Industries is up 3.1% in pre-market action after the company posted better-than-expected quarterly results. On the downside, Panera Bread is off 1.8% as the company forecasted their current-quarter outlook below analysts estimates, citing reduced store traffic from severe winter weather. In other news, Zale Corp. is rallying over 40% on reports that the company is being acquired by competitor Signet Jewelers for $21 per share.
Turning to fixed income markets, Treasuries are higher along the curve. The benchmark 10-year note is up 1/4 of a point to yield 2.69% and the 30-year bond is higher by 9/32 to yield 3.66%.
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