U.S. stock futures were heading lower on Thursday, as investors digested the latest Federal Reserve minutes and President Donald Trump’s disbanding of a pair of his business advisory panels.
Investors also focused on earnings from retail heavyweight Wal-Mart, as well as jobless claims and Philly Fed data.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average
were down 30 points, or 0.1%, to 21,981, while those for the S&P 500 index
fell 4 points, or 0.2%, to 2,463.50. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index
traded 17 points, or 0.3%, lower at 5,906.50.
The small losses come after stocks closed moderately higher on Wednesday, with the Dow
ending in positive territory for a fourth straight session, up 0.1%. The S&P 500
and Nasdaq Composite Index
closed higher by 0.1% and 0.2%, respectively.
Stocks have lost a little momentum after dovish Fed minutes lowered expectations of another rate hike this year and after Trump said he is dissolving two business councils.
“The abrupt break up of Trump’s manufacturing and strategic councils, coming as pressure mounted from U.S. business leaders (including the CEOs of Blackstone, Pepsi and GM) over Trump’s inadequate response to events in Charlottesville has exposed cracks in corporate America’s confidence in the president,” said Henry Croft, research analyst at Accendo Markets, in a note.
“With business-friendly policy measures including tax reform and sector deregulation still yet to be enacted by the administration, it appears patience in the Republican leader is wearing thin,” he added.
Trump has faced a furor after he repeatedly blamed “both sides” for violence last weekend at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va..
Fed in focus: The dollar on Wednesday declined after Fed minutes from the July meeting suggested the central bank is worried about sluggish inflation.
“This kind of uncertainty leads to fresh doubts over whether the Fed will be able to raise rates again this year and clearly investors are growing more nervous,” said Konstantinos Anthis, researcher at ADS Securities in a note.
“Looking ahead, the dollar’s price action might be dictated by any fresh news on the North Korea front as President Trump is rumored to have asked his military advisors about credible military options,” he added.
The greenback rebounded a little on Thursday, with the ICE Dollar Index
up 0.1% at 93.647.
Economic news: On Thursday’s data calendar, weekly jobless claims and the Philly Fed’s manufacturing index for August are up first, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
Industrial production and capacity utilization for July are expected at 9:15 a.m. Eastern, followed by leading economic indicators for July at 10 a.m.
Stock movers: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
fell 1.2% after the retail major reported earnings.
Shares in Cisco Systems Inc.
lost 3% ahead of the bell after the networking-equipment company late Wednesday reported earnings that missed forecasts and predicted a drop in revenue next quarter.
Other markets: Asia markets closed mixed as investors there digested the Fed minutes.
European markets were broadly lower, after a three-day winning streak.
continued to fall, extending losses made Wednesday after data showed U.S. oil production has jumped to a more than two-year high. Most metals prices, including
, traded in positive territory.