Stock Futures Cautious as Consumer Weakens, Citigroup Beats
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Stock futures were little changed Monday as investors weighed China's slowing growth data and downbeat U.S. consumer spending trends against better-than-expected New York manufacturing numbers.
Futures for the S&P 500 were up 3.5 points, or 0.84 points below fair value, to 1,673.75. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were rising 34 points, or 9.7 points above fair value, to 15,403. Futures for the Nasdaq were up 6 points, or 4.72 below fair value, to 3,068.
U.S. retail sales increased by a less-than-expected 0.4% in June, down from a downwardly-revised 0.5% in May, the Census Bureau reported Monday. Economists, on average, expected an increase of 0.8%, according to a Thomson Reuters poll of economists.
New York's economy proved to be brighter as the Empire State Manufacturing Survey's general business conditions index came in better-than-expected at 9.46 for July, up from 7.84 in June. Forecasts called for a decline to 5.
At 10 a.m., the Census Bureau is expected to report that business inventories were unchanged in May after increasing 0.3% in April.
In China, the National Bureau of Statistics said gross domestic product rose 7.5% in the second quarter from a year ago, slowing from a growth of 7.7% in the first quarter. The data offered more evidence that Chinese officials are comfortable with the country's current growth trajectory and efforts to cool the world's second-largest economy from the red-hot expansion of previous years.
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The benchmark 10-year Treasury was falling 1/32, raising the yield to 2.59%. The dollar was rising 0.3% to $83.24 according to the U.S. dollar index .
The DAX in Germany was rising 0.26%, while the FTSE in London was up 0.45%. The Hong Kong Hang Seng closed higher by 0.12%. Markets in Japan were closed for a public holiday.