Stock Futures Dip Ahead of U.S. Data
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures were mostly lower Thursday as investors digested the latest Federal Reserve policy announcement and awaited a number of domestic economic releases.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were down 1 point, or 12.45 points below fair value, at 13,229. Futures for the S&P 500were down 1.70 points, or 2.18 points below fair value, at 1425. Futures for the Nasdaq were flat, or 4.02 points below fair value, at 2670.
Major U.S. stock averages reversed gains in the final hour of trading on Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke answered reporters' questions.
The drop came despite an earlier spike in the major indices after the central bank fulfilled the wishes of the markets for a fresh round of stimulus.
"Monetary policy will remain as much as science and the benchmarks outlined
Stage three, said Green, still looks set to be the second half of 2015.
On the U.S. "fiscal cliff" front, tensions are once again rising as Republicans criticize President Barack Obama's most recent budget plans as unbalanced and said they concentrate too heavily on tax increases on wealthy Americans and not enough on spending reductions.
A spate of U.S. economic releases occur at 8:30 a.m. EST Thursday.
The Labor Department is anticipated by economists to report that initial jobless claims for the week ended Dec. 8 remained at 370,000 and that continuing claims for the week ended Dec. 1 rose to 3.21 million from 3.205 million.
The Census Bureau is predicted to say that retail sales increased 0.5% in November after falling 0.3% in October.. Excluding the auto components, sales remained flat last month, like in October.