Stock Futures Mixed as HP Shares Plunge
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Stock futures were little changed Tuesday after the previous session's big rally, as investors digested some downcast news revealed in Hewlett-Packard's(HPQ) latest quarterly results.
Hewlett-Packard shares were plummeting by more than 11.5% in premarket trading Tuesday after the PC-giant beat Wall Street's earnings estimates in its fourth-quarter results on Tuesday, but missed analysts' top-line forecasts.
The company's purchase of U.K. software maker Autonomy last year has been thrust into the spotlight, as HP recorded a non-cash charge of around $8.8 billion related to the deal .
Investors were also digesting a Moody's downgrade of French debt by a notch, as the rating agency spoke of "multiple structural challenges" facing Europe's second-largest economy including the "gradual, sustained loss of competitiveness," as the predictability of the country's resilience to future euro area shocks diminishes.
The downgrade follows Standard & Poor's removal of the country's AAA rating months earlier.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were down 11 points, or 31.96 points below fair value, at 12,727. Futures for the S&P 500 were up less than a point, or 1.19 points below fair value, at 1383. Futures for the Nasdaq were rising 5.25 points, or 3.18 points below fair value, at 2590.
The major U.S. stock averages soared Monday as better-than-expected housing market data gave extra mileage to a rally fueled by optimism over budget talks in Washington.
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The Census Bureau said Tuesday that housing starts rose to an 894,000 annual rate in October from a downwardly revised 863,000 in September. It also reported that building permits fell to an annual rate of 866,000 in October from a downwardly revised 890,000 in September.
On average, economists were expecting housing starts of 840,000 and building permits of 865,000 for last month.
At 12:15 p.m. EST, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks to the Economic Club of New York, followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers.
The FTSE 100 in London was down 0.12%, while the DAX in Germany was up 0.23%. Eurozone finance ministers were meeting in Brussels Tuesday to discuss the release of the next tranche of financial aid to Greece.
Japan's Nikkei average settled down 0.12% on Tuesday and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed down 0.16%.