May 15, 2014 -- 8:30 a.m. - 05/15/14
Futures are suggesting a flat open on Wall Street. The Dow and S&P 500 are about 0.1% below fair value. The NASDAQ is up 0.1% in early action.
A large batch of economic data is in focus. Jobless claims unexpectedly dropped last week by 24,000 to a seven-year low of 297,000. On the inflation front, the consumer price index increased 0.3% in April, the largest gain in 10 months. In addition, the Empire Manufacturing index rebounded more than expected from a six-month low as it jumped to the best reading since June 2010.
Other data is due out after the open, including updates on industrial production and mid-Atlantic business activity, in addition to a gauge of confidence among U.S. homebuilders.
Earnings results are also garnering attention. Wal-Mart is down 2.7% in pre-market trading after posting quarterly earnings and revenue below analyst expectations, citing tough winter weather conditions. Fellow retailer Kohl's is losing 3.3% before the open after falling short of profit estimates as same-store-sales dropped. On the upside, Cisco Systems is rallying 7.5% in early action after the company delivered an encouraging forecast for fourth-quarter profit and sales.
In fixed-income, Treasuries are mixed following yesterdays rally. The 10-year note is off 2/32 to yield 2.55%, the lowest level since the end of October. The 30-year bond is gaining 5/32 to yield 3.37%.
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